Remember the Colonial Pipeline fraud last month? Hackers attacked the largest gasoline pipeline in the United States and paralyzed. Gangsters blackmailed operators into paying millions in ransoms on Bitcoin.
The wallet is protected
Yesterday, Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a successful strike against the crackdowns. Authorities have seized 63.7 BTC, valued at about $ 2.3 million. According to Paul Abbate, the agency’s deputy director, the FBI was able to identify the wallet used to pay for the wallet
Bitcoin scam had shut down a pipeline that supplies fuel to about 45 percent of all homes and businesses on the U.S. East Coast. Gasoline bottlenecks were a consequence and the damage to the group was great. At some point in Washington, nearly 90 percent of all gas stations ran out of gas. Secretary of State Lisa Monaco said, according to the FAZ, “It was an attack on one of our most important national infrastructures.”
An attack possibly from Russia
Authorities doubt it Bitcoin wallet can be assigned to a group of hackers from Russia. The DarkSide gang succeeded in their demand for BTC ransoms, although both public and private institutions advise not to pay in such cases of fraud. Criminals would, after all, be given the motivation to commit more such acts.
It was not until a few weeks ago that it became known that the pipeline operator had complied with the requirements of the Bitcoin scammers. The company’s boss, Joseph Blount, confirmed this to the “Wall Street Journal.” At that time, a $ 4.4 million transaction was approved.
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