FBI Claws Back Millions of DarkSide’s Ransom Profits

United States law enforcement has clawed back approximately $2.3 million of the ransom allegedly paid to DarkSide by Colonial Pipeline last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI announced in a joint press conference on Monday.

“Today we turned the tables on DarkSide,” FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate said in live-streamed remarks.

They seized the money – in the form of 63.7 bitcoins – by reviewing the Bitcoin public ledger, as the DOJ described in a press release. Law enforcement tracked multiple transfers of bitcoin and were able to identify that about 63.7 of the bitcoins paid by Colonial Pipeline Co. after the May 7 ransomware attack were transferred to a specific address – an address that the FBI controls.

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Source: ThreatPost