The group of hackers DarkSide, which, according to the US authorities, made an attack on the system of the largest American pipeline company Colonial Pipeline, ceases its activities.
This was reported on Friday by The Wall Street Journal with reference to the American companies specializing in computer security FireEye and Intel 471.
According to her, the hacker group informed its accomplices about its dissolution. According to the publication, she referred to the growing pressure from law enforcement agencies in the United States, as well as the loss of access to the infrastructure that DarkSide used to conduct attacks.
The article says that such associations often reunite after liquidation and form a new group under a different name.
According to another cybersecurity company, Recorded Future, DarkSide was left without access to some of its servers. According to the company, the hackers also lost some of the money that they received as a result of cyberattacks.
Earlier, the Colonial Pipeline completely restored the operation of the fuel line. Before that, the company announced that a cyberattack on its systems was carried out with the use of a ransomware virus. This virus, when it enters a computer system, temporarily blocks its operation. The fraudsters 'program then encrypts the data and demands that the money is transferred to the hackers' account. According to American publications, the attackers were able to steal up to 100 GB of the company.
The Colonial Pipeline is the largest oil pipeline in the United States, delivering fuel from factories on the Gulf Coast to the East Coast of the country. Every day, the pipeline transports about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast.