11 May 2021

ColonialPipeline hackers: "Our goal is to make money, and not creating problems for society"


ColonialPipeline hackers: "Our goal is to make money, and not creating problems for society"

DarkSide, the group behind the ransomware attack that disrupted operations at a major US fuel pipeline last week, has acknowledged the incident in the public statement.

“We are apolitical, we do not participate in geopolitics, do not need to tie us with a defined government and look for other our motives,” the group wrote on its website on the dark web.

“Our goal is to make money and not creating problems for society,” the statement continues.

The statement also indicates that the group will choose their targets more carefully in the future.

“From today we introduce moderation and check each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future,” the group said.

Colonial Pipeline, the operator of the pipeline, shut down its network last week following a cyberattack that involved ransomware. These actions temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of its IT systems.

On Monday, the FBI officially confirmed that the DarkSide ransomware was responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks.

Following the ransomware attack the US authorities issued a regional emergency declaration affecting 18 states.

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