DarkSide Ransomware Gang: Their Servers and Bitcoin Stash Seized

Jim Watson/AFP

The DarkSide ransomware affiliate program responsible for the six-day outage at Colonial Pipeline this week that led to fuel shortages and price spikes across the country is running for the hills. The crime gang announced it was closing up shop after its servers were seized and someone drained the cryptocurrency from an account the group uses to pay affiliates.

“Servers were seized (country not named), money of advertisers and founders was transferred to an unknown account,” reads a message from a cybercrime forum reposted to the Russian OSINT Telegram channel.

The affiliate posted lots of principled nice-guy comments about their plans and policies as part of the statement. The cyber intelligence firm Intel 471 commenting further on the whole affair considers the statements mostly to be smokescreen, trying to cover their butts.

One thought on “DarkSide Ransomware Gang: Their Servers and Bitcoin Stash Seized

  1. Cassandra says:

    “The drivers stuck in gas lines after the Colonial Pipeline shutdown, the Texans freezing in their homes after the February grid collapse, the Californians sweltering through their own power failures last summer — all were paying the unintended and unexpected price of efficiency.
    The market-driven energy sector has spent a decade or more cutting costs, streamlining and digitizing. Four big oil refineries have shut down in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2010 because it’s cheaper to bring in gasoline by pipeline from the Gulf Coast, 1,500 miles away — as long as that pipeline stays in operation. Texas and California have driven the price of electricity down by throwing out the old regulatory structure — the structure that made sure utilities earned enough to invest in backup resources.
    In the name of efficiency, “resilience was assumed,” said Daniel Yergin, a historian and author of “The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/05/15/energy-cost-cutting-price/

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