Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Colonial Pipeline paid extortionists $ 5 million

The company paid a solid ransom within hours of the attack

American pipe company Colonial Pipeline paid hackers about $ 5 million in cryptocurrency a few hours after the attack, Bloomberg reports, citing informed sources.

After receiving the funds, it is indicated in the material, the hackers provided Colonial Pipeline with a special tool to restore a computer network. Their work was going too slow, so the company resorted to other methods to resume work.

Earlier, Colonial Pipeline announced that it did not intend to pay the ransom to hackers. On May 13, The Washington Post had written about this, citing knowledgeable sources.

According to them, the operator of the largest pipeline in the United States is now restoring data from backup systems or re-creating them. Therefore, the leadership of Colonial Pipeline does not see the need to pay ransom to fraudsters

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