Cyberattacked Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline operator in the United States, paid hackers from Eastern Europe almost $ 5 million in cryptocurrency. informs Bloomberg agency citing sources.
According to the agency, the specified amount was paid within hours after the attack on the company’s systems was carried out.
“After receiving the payment, the hackers provided the (pipeline) operator with tools to restore the company’s computer system,” the newspaper reports, citing sources familiar with the situation.
According to one of the sources, this was not enough, and the operator used its own capabilities to resume the operation of the system.
As US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said earlier, the restart of the Colonial Pipeline oil pipeline on Thursday night was successful, its work is expected to be fully normalized by the end of this weekend.
The United States does not see a direct connection between the Russian Federation and the cyber attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the head of the Ministry of Energy said.