The U.S. DoJ has announced that it has seized $2.3 million worth of Bitcoin that had been paid to ransomware-as-a-service group DarkSide, which was involved in the Colonial Pipeline attack last month.
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According to sources, Colonial Pipeline paid DarkSide hackers nearly $5 million in ransom. This news comes just after it was revealed that German chemical company Brenntag also paid $4.4 million.
President Joe Biden's executive order comes after a crippling ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline led to widespread fuel shortages. It will take several days for operations to normalize.