Earlier this afternoon the FBI exposed the hacker network gang that was responsible for a new-age type of warfare attack that forced the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline networks responsible for carrying gasoline from Texas to the Northeast. The FBI confirmed that the ransomware gang known as “Darkside” was responsible for the terrorist action.
— FBI (@FBI) May 10, 2021
"The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks," the FBI said in a statement Monday. "We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation."
Colonial Pipeline, in a statement Monday, said they are dedicating resources to "restoring pipeline operations quickly and safely."
"Segments of our pipeline are being brought back online in a stepwise fashion, in compliance with relevant federal regulations and in close consultation with the Department of Energy, which is leading and coordinating the Federal Government’s response," the company said.
The company added that its operations team is "executing a plan that involves an incremental process that will facilitate a return to service in a phased approach"— a plan based on "a number of factors with safety and compliance driving our operational decisions, and the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week."
"We continue to evaluate product inventory in storage tanks at our facilities and others along our system and are working with our shippers to move this product to terminals for local delivery," Colonial continued. "Actions taken by the Federal Government to issue a temporary hours of service exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting refined products across Colonial’s footprint should help alleviate local supply disruptions and we thank our government partners for their assistance in resolving this matter."
This is just one of many of the ransomware gangs that are targeting massive institutions across Europe and America. Darkside announced its existence in August 2020 with claims that it will not attack medical, educational or government targets, only large corporations. But what is stopping these cyberterrorists from holding entire cities' power grids for ransom next?