Justice Department Recovers Millions from Colonial Hackers

A first in my memory.

It is rare indeed to have ransomware funds recovered from hackers. This is the first public acknowledgment of that accomplishment that I can recall. Likely the high-profile nature of this hack made the pursuit of the money a top priority for our governmental authorities.

See this coverage from the Washington Post:

“Federal authorities have recovered more than two million dollars in cryptocurrency paid in ransom to foreign hackers whose attack last month led to the shutdown of a major pipeline that provides nearly half the East Coast’s fuel, according to officials.

“The seizure of funds paid by Colonial Pipeline to a Russian hacker ring, DarkSide, marks the first recovery by a new ransomware Justice Department task force. It follows a string of cyber attacks that panicked consumers and led President Biden to warn Russia that it needed to take ‘decisive action’ against the criminal networks.

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“‘Today we turned the tables on DarkSide,’ Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said, announcing the recovery on Monday afternoon. ‘The Department of Justice has found and recaptured the majority of the ransom’ in the wake of last month’s attack.”
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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