Colonial Pipeline, a US-based fuel company, paid a ransom of $4.4 million (about Rs 32 crore 20 lakh) to the gang involved in cybercrime.
Colonial Pipeline Company (AFP)
US officials said on Monday that the Justice Department has recovered most of the multimillion-dollar ransom payment to hackers following the cyberattack, which led to the nation’s largest fuel pipeline company. had ceased its operations. Let us tell you that Colonial Pipeline, a US-based fuel company, had given a ransom of $ 4.4 million (about 32 crore 20 lakh rupees) to the gang related to cyber crime.
The operation to recover cryptocurrencies from a Russian hacker group is the first operation of a special ransomware task force created by the Justice Department of the Biden administration. This reflects the aggressive approach of US officials to deal with the ransom threat, which last month targeted critical industries around the world.
Will continue to use resources
“We will continue to use all of our equipment and resources to prevent ransom attacks and other cyber-attacks,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in a press conference announcing the operation on Monday. Last month, on May 7, the company’s operator cyber attack came to light when an employee of the company found a ransom note from hackers on a control-room computer.
That night the CEO of the company had to take a difficult decision and he was compelled to give this ransom amount to the hackers. In fact, when the company was attacked by Cyber Attack on US Company, its services were disrupted for about five days. Which had a direct impact on the supply of fuel in the country. After this, many media organizations had confirmed that the company had paid the ransom.
Petrol prices had increased
The Colonial Pipeline is up to 5,500 miles long. It supplies 2.5 million barrels of oil every day to the East Coast. Due to its closure, there were long queues of vehicles at the petrol pump on the sixth day. Along with this, the price of petrol has also increased in America. At many petrol pumps, the oil was over.
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