The US State Department plans to pay up to ten million dollars for information that will help to identify or track down leading figures of the international hacker group “DarkSide”. In addition, up to five million dollars are offered for informationresulting in the arrest or conviction of anyone involved in the group’s ransomware attacks.
According to the US government, the group “DarkSide” was responsible for the large-scale hacker attack on the largest gasoline pipeline in the US. The company Colonial Pipeline announced in early May that it had been the victim of a cyber attack. As a result, the pipeline, through which about 45 percent of all fuel consumed on the US east coast runs, was temporarily completely shut down. There were petrol shortages in parts of the country.
The hackers had broken into the pipeline operator’s computer network and demanded a ransom in the millions, which the company paid. (dpa / pma)