Uncle Sam recovers 63.7 of 75 Bitcoins Colonial Pipeline paid to ransomware crew

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The US Department of Justice on Monday said it has recovered 63.7 Bitcoins, right now worth $2.1m and falling, of the 75 or so BTC the Colonial Pipeline operators paid the ransomware miscreants who infected the fuel provider’s computers.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Colonial contacted the Feds shortly after some of its internal IT systems were infected by the extortionware, causing a temporary halt in operations. The days-long shutdown of the pipeline, which supplies a good chunk of the US East Coast, led to panic buying and some gas pumps running dry.

A ransom of about $5m or 75 BTC was paid to the Darkside crew behind the attack.

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