U.S. recovers some of the money paid in the Colonial Pipeline ransom, officials say

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A motion warns consumers connected the avaliability of gasoline astatine a RaceTrac state presumption connected May 11, 2021, successful Smyrna, Georgia.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. instrumentality enforcement officials said Monday they were capable to retrieve immoderate of the wealth paid to a transgression cybergroup connected the heels of a crippling ransomware onslaught connected Colonial Pipeline, according to NBC News.

Last period a criminal cybergroup known arsenic DarkSide launched a sweeping ransomware onslaught connected Colonial Pipeline. The cyberattack forced the institution to unopen down astir 5,500 miles of American substance pipeline, starring to a disruption of astir fractional of the East Coast substance proviso and causing gasoline shortages successful the Southeast.

Ransomware attacks impact malware that encrypts files connected a instrumentality oregon web that results successful the strategy becoming inoperable. Criminals down these types of cyberattacks typically request a ransom successful speech for the merchandise of data.

Colonial Pipeline paid the ransom to hackers, 1 root acquainted with the concern confirmed to CNBC.

After the onslaught by DarkSide, Biden told reporters that the U.S. did not presently person quality linking the group's ransomware onslaught to the Russian government.

"So acold determination is nary grounds from our quality radical that Russia is progressive though determination is grounds that the actor's ransomware is successful Russia, they person immoderate work to woody with this," Biden said connected May 10. He added that helium would sermon the concern with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The 2 leaders are slated to conscionable successful Geneva connected June 16.

The Kremlin has denied claims that it has launched cyberattacks against the United States.

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