US recovers over half of ransom paid to pipeline hackers

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Washington (AFP) – The US Justice Department announced Monday that it had recovered more than half of the $4.4 million paid by Colonial Pipeline to Russia-based ransomware extortionists Darkside, who had forced the shutdown of a major US fuel network. “Today, we turned the tables on Darkside by going after the entire ecosystem that fuels ransomware and digital extortion attacks, including criminal proceeds in the form of digital currency,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco. The seizure came one month after the group gave the US government a security scare by breaking into the computer s…

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