According to a recent report, the hackers behind the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, which caused a gas shortage along the East Coast, received $90 million in bitcoin ransom payments from 47 victims over the past nine months.
CNBC reports that DarkSide, the hacker group behind the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, received a total of $90 million in Bitcoin ransom payments from 47 victims over the past nine months.
Brett Callow, a threat analyst at antivirus company Emsisoft, commented on the Colonial Pipeline attack and the decision to pay the ransom, stating: “I can’t say I’m surprised, but it’s certainly disappointing. Unfortunately, it’ll help keep United States critical infrastructure providers in the crosshairs. If a sector proves to be profitable, they’ll keep on hitting it.”
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