The US Department of Justice reported Monday that the country’s government recovered much of the ransom paid to the authors of last May’s computer attack on the colonial oil pipeline, the most important in North America, which disrupted the flow for days.
FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate has stated that 63.7 bitcoin was recovered out of the 75 (about 1.8 million euros) paid for by identifying a virtual wallet that was used in paying the ransom .
In that investigation, they were linked to the attack on 90 companies that are victims of DarkSide, a Russia-related cyber crime group that is credited with the pipeline hack.
For her part, US prosecutor Lisa Monaco said that “DarkSide and its subsidiaries have followed US companies digitally for most of the past year,” according to the Bloomberg agency.
US President Joe Biden said last week that he was examining the possibility of retaliation against the Russian government for yet another cyberattack against the world’s largest meat producer, JBS, and that he was “exhaustively examining the possibility of addressing this issue” at the meeting with Putin.
In May, following the cyberattack on the colonial pipeline, the President of the United States signed an executive order to improve American cybersecurity.