The US Department of Justice has recovered part of the ransom paid to the hackers behind the major cyber attack on the oil pipeline company Colonial Pipeline last month. According to the authorities, it involves 63.7 bitcoins and is worth about 1.7 million euros.
The US Department of Justice stated that it has recovered most of the ransoms paid. This is thanks to an action by the Federal Police Agency, FBI, which gained access to digital bitcoin wallets. It is not clear how the detective gained access. Some spoils seem to have been taken away.
Colonial Pipeline paid hackers about 75 bitcoins (approximately 4 million euros at the time) to regain access to the system, but then the value of the digital currency was much higher. The company was attacked by a hacker group DarkSide from Eastern Europe last month. As a result, the system malfunctioned and half of the gas stations in several states in the United States ran out of fuel.
The chief executive of the oil pipeline company said it worked closely with the FBI and was “thanks” to them for their “quick work and professionalism.”