The group behind the recent cyber attack on a U.S. gas pipeline that supplies almost one-half of all gasoline to the east coast of the United States.
As The New York Times reports:
The F.B.I. confirmed on Monday that DarkSide, a hacking group, was responsible for the ransomware attack that closed a U.S. pipeline that provides the East Coast with nearly half of its gasoline and jet fuel.
The Biden administration is expected to announce an executive order in the coming days to strengthen America’s cyberdefense infrastructure.
President Biden said on Monday that the government had mitigated any impact the pipeline hack, which prompted emergency White House meetings over the weekend, might have had on the U.S. fuel supply. He added that his administration had efforts underway to “disrupt and prosecute ransomware criminals.”
Colonial Pipeline, the operator of the system, issued a statement saying that restoring service “takes time.” It added that while the situation was “fluid and continues to evolve,” the company would restore service incrementally, with the goal of “substantially” restoring service by the end of the week.
At this time it is believed ‘Darkside’ may be a criminal collective, but the possibility that it may be acting on behalf of a state actor like China has not yet been ruled out.