One of DarkSide’s wallets was confiscated by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The criminal group behind the Darkside ransomware was hit hard. The US Department of Justice successfully accessed the wallet of one of the cryptocurrencies and then transferred the 63.7 bitcoins found in it to its own wallet. The case is related to the Colonial Pipeline Petroleum Company’s attack on the East Coast of the United States in early May, after the gang’s ransomware paralyzed the company’s logistics, and then the crowd began to panic, leading to fuel shortages for several days.
The oil company paid 75 bitcoin conversion fees to unlock its data. The exchange rate at that time was 4.4 million U.S. dollars, of which 63.7 bitcoins now recovered have a market value of approximately 2.26 million U.S. dollars. The ministry did not elaborate on how it managed to obtain criminals’ wallets, but revealed that this was the first major achievement of the recently established ransomware and digital ransomware working group. The task force was established to investigate digital blackmail attacks, sabotage such activities, and expose the perpetrators.
Interestingly, according to DarkSide’s announcement on May 14, one of its payment processing servers was seized, and then all cryptocurrencies were transferred from the discovered wallet to an unknown wallet. It would not be surprising if the ministry reported the results of this operation.
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