Cyber-Criminal Gang Acknowledges Fuel Pipeline Hack

May 12, 2021
Darkside says its goal is to make money not create problems.

The cyber-criminal gang that hacked the Colonial Pipeline, a major U.S. fuel pipeline, says it didn’t intend to create problems, according to an article from the BBC. On its website, Darkside reportedly describes itself as apolitical and not tied to a defined government and says its goal is to make money, not create problems.

According to the article, President Biden says that while there is no evidence so far that Russia is involved based on intelligence, there is evidence that the hackers’ ransomware is in Russia. He also notes that agencies across the government are taking action to mitigate any impact on the U.S. fuel supply. The pipeline reportedly carries 2.5 million barrels a day, equal to 45% of the East Coast's supply of diesel, petrol and jet fuel. U.S. fuel prices were up six cents per gallon on the week, according to the BBC.

On May 9, Colonial said that although its four main pipelines remained offline, some smaller lines between terminals and delivery points were now operational.

"Quickly after learning of the attack, Colonial proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat. These actions temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems, which we are actively in the process of restoring," the firm said.

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