DOJ seizes millions in ransom paid by Colonial Pipeline

  

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Via:  hallux  •  one week ago  •  14 comments

By:   Alexander Mallin and Luke Barr

DOJ seizes millions in ransom paid by Colonial Pipeline

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The Justice Department on Monday announced it has successfully seized   millions of dollars   in cryptocurrency Colonial Pipeline paid to the cyber criminal group DarkSide following last month's ransomware attack that led the pipeline to briefly shut down its operations, according to a seizure warrant unsealed Monday afternoon.

"Earlier today, the Department of Justice has found and recaptured the majority of the ransom Colonial paid to the DarkSide network in the wake of last month's ransomware attack. Ransomware attacks are always unacceptable -- but when they target critical infrastructure, we will spare no effort in our response," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said at a news conference.

"Today, we turned the tables on DarkSide," she said. "By going after the entire ecosystem that fuels ransomware and digital extortion attacks, including criminal proceeds in the form of digital currency, we will continue to use all of our tools, and all of our resources to increase the cost and the consequences of ransomware attacks and other cyber-enabled attacks."


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    one week ago

Not bad for an administration led by a sleepy double aneurism. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    one week ago

poor trump, he was counting on that 10% russian kickback too...

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
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2  Bob Nelson    one week ago

But did they catch any bad guys? 

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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2.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Bob Nelson @2    one week ago
But did they catch any bad guys?

In Russia?

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  Kavika     one week ago

LOL, I love it and while was Trump was president we had thousands of ransomware attacks, no money recovered.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.1  Ronin2  replied to  Kavika @3    one week ago

Any of them as large as shutting down an oil pipeline and causing gas shortages throughout the SE?

How many ransomware attacks have their been under Biden where they didn't recover the ransom?

This is one win out of millions. It will not deter the hackers so long as companies don't have reliable cyber security they will be victims.

 
 
 
Hallux
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3.1.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1    one week ago

Both you and Greg below are hysterical. Had the DOJ failed you would have blamed Biden.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3.1.2  Kavika   replied to  Ronin2 @3.1    one week ago
Any of them as large as shutting down an oil pipeline and causing gas shortages throughout the SE?

2017 WannaCry...

 WannaCry is the biggest ransomware attack in history.

(Raconteur)

Launched in 2017, WannaCry is considered the biggest and most widespread ransomware attack in history. It’s estimated to have crippled 200,000 computers in 150 countries, putting the world in a state of frenzy for four days.

The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK was most severely affected by this attack and is believed to have lost £92 million (almost $125 million in 2020 dollars). Cyence, a cyber risk modeling firm, assessed that the total loss caused by WannaCry was close to $4 billion.

FedEx was hit hard by WannaCry. 

And you're correct cybersecurity for corporations/utilities/etc is essential and they better get cracking.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Expert
3.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Kavika @3    one week ago

Your home computer doesn't count.

Don't forget these attacks occurred on Biden's watch

And it's still pretty much Trumps DOJ

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
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3.2.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Greg Jones @3.2    one week ago

on which wrist...?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3.2.2  Kavika   replied to  Greg Jones @3.2    one week ago
Your home computer doesn't count.

Of course, they don't but how about hospitals, 4 in 24 hours in OCT. 2020 and that's just for starters. 

Don't forget these attacks occurred on Biden's watch

Well duh, no shit. How about the thousands that took place under Trump, don't they count?

For your reading pleasure.

And it's still pretty much Trumps DOJ

Actually, it isn't. 

And then there is Merrick Garland, AJ.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4  Trout Giggles    one week ago

Does the money go back to the company? Does the DOJ get a recovery fee?

 
 
 
Hallux
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4.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Trout Giggles @4    one week ago

Don't you know that Hunter gets all of it ...

 
 
 
Kavika
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4.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Hallux @4.1    one week ago

LMAO

 
 
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