US recovers ransom paid to Colonial Pipeline hackers

A gas station sign says "Out" because its tanks are empty. Amid the Colonial Pipeline Co. cyber attack and shutdown, the U.S. faces gasoline shortages and high gas prices.

The U.S. Department of Justice has seized $2.3 million worth of Bitcoin paid to the hackers behind the cyberattack that led to the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline in May, federal officials announced on Monday. 

The FBI recovered 63.7 bitcoins that had been paid to members of the DarkSide ransomware gang after a federal judge signed a seizure order. 

“Ransom payments are the fuel that propels the digital extortion engine, and today’s announcement demonstrates that the United States will use all...

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