Summary: The attack, which shut down the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline in May for four days, is one of the largest and most high-profile ransomware incidents in history. Now, the US State Department has announced that it is offering a $ 10 million reward for information leading to the identification or whereabouts of those leading the group in charge: DarkSide.
The Colonial Pipeline is the main fuel line serving the US East Coast. It reaches over 5,500 miles and provides about 45 percent of the region’s fuel needs, making the operator ransomware attack that shut down the pipeline for four days as a major event. The attackers encrypted nearly 100 gigabytes of data from the Georgian company, threatening to publish it if it does not pay the ransom.
The attack led to fuel shortages in 17 states and Washington, a procurement panic and fears over how easy it would be for a foreign nation to damage vital US infrastructure. This despite the fact that the group in charge, DarkSide, insisted that the attack was carried out solely for money and that it did not want to create “problems for society.”
Colonial was reported to have paid 75 bitcoins (about $ 4.4 million on the day of the transaction) in ransom to hackers from Eastern Europe, possibly using an insurance policy against cyber attacks.
U.S. Department of State now offering $ 10 million for information leading to the identification or whereabouts of key DarkSide members. He will also donate over $ 5 million “for information leading to the arrest and / or conviction in any country of any person who conspired to participate or attempt to participate in the DarkSide ransomware incident.”
DarkSide later apologized for the “social consequences” of the attack. He also stated that he later lost control of his web servers and much of his funds. The group ceased operations after the incident, although experts believe that many of the members simply renamed themselves to a new organization called BlackMatter.
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