Since DarkSide ransomware brought Colonial Pipeline pipelines to their knees, chaos has been in the Southeastern United States. Motorists face fuel shortages and skyrocketing prices. A state of emergency has been declared in the eighteen states concerned, which authorizes supply by road, using tankers. Colonial Pipeline hopes to be able to reestablish operations by the end of the week, but that is not yet certain.
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For their part, the authors of DarkSide are trying to clear their way. In one communicated published in the Darkweb, they throw the blame on their “partners”:
“We are apolitical, we do not intervene in geopolitics, do not link with a particular government (…) Our goal is to make money, and not to create problems in society. From now on we introduce moderation and will check each company that our partners want to quantify, in order to avoid social consequences in the future ”, can we read in this text.
Indeed, the authors of DarkSide rely, like many other ransomware creators, on an indirect distribution model. They make their malicious code available to third parties, probably in exchange for sharing the ransoms collected.
It is certain that the chaos generated by the shutdown of the pipelines is not very good for their “business”, because it risks attracting the wrath of the Biden administration.
Offering ransomware moderation is certainly not going to coax American law enforcement agencies into tracking down cybercriminals. Thus, the FBI has just officially confirmed that the origin of the attack is indeed the DarkSide group.
Source : The Verge