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FBI recovers millions in ransom from DarkSide ransomware gang


by Deeba Ahmed

The DarkSide ransomware gang was behind the attack on Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States – The recovered ransom payment also belongs to the Pipeline. 

A live-streamed joint press conference from the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and the FBI revealed that $2.3 million worth of cryptocurrency had been recovered from the operators of the DarkSide ransomware gang for compromising the country’s major pipeline.

SEE: DarkSide donates $20,000 in BTC to two charities

The DoJ and the FBI claim that using the blockchain technology, they could track down the DarkSide’s cryptocurrency wallet and clawed back the ransom amount that they ‘allegedly’ paid to the hackers.

Tables Turned for Cybercriminals

According to FBI’s Deputy Director Paul Abbate, through relentless efforts, they were able to turn the tables on the hackers.

“Today we turned the tables on DarkSide,” he said.

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