Hacker group have attacked Colonial Pipelin, Darkside reportedly received a total ransom of $90 million or in the form of Bitcoin. This happened in just nine months.
Colonial Pipeline, the United States (US) largest fuel oil pipeline network, was hit by a ransomware attack. This incident forced the company to close about 5,500 miles of pipeline in the US that crippled the gas delivery system in the Southeastern state.
The FBI blamed the DarkSide group for the incident. It is said that Colonial paid US $ 5 million or Rp71.5 billion to the group.
Empty DarkSide Digital Wallet
Meanwhile, on Friday, Blockchain analytics company Elliptic identified the digital wallet used by DarkSide to collect payments from its victims. At the same time Intel 471 security researcher DarkSide was closed after losing access to its servers and empty digital wallets.
In a blog post yesterday, Elliptic said Darkside and its affiliates pocketed US $ 90 million in Bitcoin. The total number of victims reached 47 parties with an average payment of US $ 1.9 million, quoted from CNBC International, Wednesday (19/5/2021).
“To our knowledge, this analysis includes all payments for Darkside, but further transactions may not yet be discovered and this figure should be considered a lower bound,” said Elliptic founder and chief scientist Tom Robinson.
Of that total, US $ 15.5 million went to the developer Darkside. Meanwhile US $ 74.7 million went to affiliates. According to Elliptic, the majority of the money is sent to a crypto trading platform that can later be converted into fiat currency.
Before his digital wallet went empty last week, Elliptic said Darkside’s bitcoin wallet contained US $ 5.3 million in digital currency. Some speculation says this Bitcoin was confiscated by the US government.
Prior to this Bitcoin was often used in criminal activity. Because in transactions, people do not need to reveal their identity. However, the ledger that supports Bitcoin is public so that money transfers can be traced.