US Department of State offers $10 million for information on DarkSide hackers
The U.S. State Department offered a reward for information that could identify members of the hacker group DarkSide.
We're committed to protecting ransomware victims worldwide from exploitation by cyber criminals. @StateDept announced rewards totaling $15M for info leading to identification, arrest, and/or conviction of key leaders of Darkside ransomware or incidents. https://t.co/BBFJNBZeCy— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) November 4, 2021
For information about the organizers and leaders of DarkSide, the American authorities are ready to pay up to $10 million.
In addition, the State Department has offered up to $5 million for data leading to the arrest of individuals involved in the DarkSide ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline.
The State Department just announced it is offering up to $10 million for info leading to the ID or location of leaders of the "DarkSide ransomware variant transnational organized crime group" and a bounty up to $5 million for info leading to the arrest of coconspirators pic.twitter.com/QkjTJEbv8u— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) November 4, 2021
Earlier in May 2021, hackers attacked the Colonial Pipeline Company, which supplies about 45% of the population of the US East Coast with fuel. Due to the ransomware attack, the operation of the pipeline was disrupted.
The Colonial Pipeline system fuels 45 percent of the East Coast's gas supply. A recent cyberattack halted the supplier and led to panic purchases and price spikes.— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 13, 2021
This map shows more than 10,000 gas stations across the region that ran dry Wednesday. https://t.co/PkOoiSj7Zd pic.twitter.com/R9FNTXUkgc
According to the media, Colonial Pipeline, attacked by hackers, paid a ransom of about $ 5 million in cryptocurrency (75 BTC) within a few hours after the attack.
BLOOMBERG: Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European ransomware hackers last week, contradicting reports that the company had no intention of paying an extortion to restore the country’s largest fuel pipeline https://t.co/9TIXLqraIm— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) May 13, 2021
In June, the US FBI returned most of the ransom paid. How exactly the department got access to the ransomware Bitcoin wallet is not reported.
#Breaking: #FBI San Francisco led a U.S. government operation to seize $2.3 million in cryptocurrency paid to the ransomware extortionists Darkside, which had targeted Colonial Pipeline resulting in critical infrastructure being taken out of operation. pic.twitter.com/v8zWs34fOJ— FBI SanFrancisco (@FBISanFrancisco) June 7, 2021
Nevertheless in October, experts discovered that bitcoins were being withdrawn from the hackers' wallets, which received funds after the attack on the Colonial Pipeline.
The 107* BTC from Colonial PipeLine ransomware has moved to a new wallet: "bc1q2sewgrnau4e4gvceh8ykzf8lqxawpluu0k0607" > "bc1qvya30xewdeatneqj90ypvzq4kjzgyz8cnvu7rm"— Omri Segev Moyal (@GelosSnake) October 22, 2021
Transaction hash: "8fe2131dd4b4be77034c3af4928415c2daffed950572d270d5e9dd1aa6b71088"
Feds control wallet?