$2.2 Million Of Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack Ransom Recovered By Justice Department

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The U.S. government has successfully recovered $2.27 million of the $4.4 million ransom payment paid by Colonial Pipeline to the Russian hacking ring DarkSide. Colonial Pipeline, one of the East Coasts’ largest fuel suppliers, was attacked in early May and lost control of its files for about a week until it paid off the hackers. This is the first successful financial recovery made by the new ransomware task force, Digital Extortion Task Force, at the Justice Department. Ransomware is a type of attack in which a victim’s files are locked up by the perpetrator in exchange for money. It has been …

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