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Colonial Pipeline was reportedly forced to hand over five million dollars in ransom in a bid to restore functionality to its east coast pipeline after it was hacked by a group calling itself DarkSide who is believed to be located in Eastern Europe.

As Bloomberg reports:

The company paid the hefty ransom in difficult-to-trace cryptocurrency within hours after the attack, underscoring the immense pressure faced by the Georgia-based operator to get gasoline and jet fuel flowing again to major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, those people said. A third person familiar with the situation said U.S. government officials are aware that Colonial made the payment.

Once they received the payment, the hackers provided the operator with a decrypting tool to restore its disabled computer network. The tool was so slow that the company continued using its own backups to help restore the system, one of the people familiar with the company’s efforts said.

A representative from Colonial declined to comment, as did a spokesperson for the National Security Council. Colonial said it began to resume fuel shipments around 5 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday.

The hackers, which the FBI said are linked to a group called DarkSide, specialize in digital extortion and are believed to be located in Russia or Eastern Europe.

The news contradicts earlier reports and statements from the company which indicated that they had refused to pay any ransom to the group.

Many conservatives were dismayed that the White House allowed the company to pay the ransom, citing the bad precedent such an action sets for future attacks:


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Bonnie Hansen
Bonnie Hansen
8 months ago

Darkside is probably run by Pelosi and her family.

Debbie
Debbie
8 months ago
Reply to  Bonnie Hansen

Or the Bidens

Scotty
Scotty
8 months ago
Reply to  Debbie

l’m sure the Big Guy gets his10%!

Nate
Nate
8 months ago
Reply to  Debbie

The Biden’s can’t run anything-correctly!

Pam Pitts
Pam Pitts
8 months ago
Reply to  Nate

Bidens or the other democratic party members.

Holstine Jim
Holstine Jim
8 months ago
Reply to  Pam Pitts

Just criminal crimes blsckmail

Gary Meek
Gary Meek
8 months ago
Reply to  Bonnie Hansen

Wouldn’t doubt it one bit. Why else would the government pay the ransome without an assurance that they would receive some of that money.

Bug D
Bug D
8 months ago

They should teach this valuable skill in college……then colleges would be able to say they provide a useful education.

Dan
Dan
8 months ago
Reply to  Bug D

Problem is if you understand how to stop cyber hacks, you have to know how they work. Getting paid $5 million proves there’s more money in committing a cyber crime than working for someone in their IT dept. trying to defend from a cyber hack.

Purple heart
Purple heart
8 months ago

Find them and eliminate them and the host nation.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
8 months ago
Reply to  Purple heart

This wouldn’t have happened on Trump’s watch

Peter Scheid
Peter Scheid
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

I agree

Gary Meek
Gary Meek
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

You got that right. He would ferret them out and use a middle to take them out.

Gary Meek
Gary Meek
8 months ago
Reply to  Gary Meek

I meant to say missle

Lisa
Lisa
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

might have happened but they WOULD NOT had gotten paid. what idiots

Phillip smotherman
Phillip smotherman
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

Exactly Trump would find out location of the terrorists hackers and MOAB’d their a s s e s 🚫💩