The FBI on Monday blamed a hacking group for a cyberattack that took down the main pipeline carrying gas to the densely populated East Coast, provoking worries about the vulnerability of critical systems. The law enforcement agency, which is investigating the May 7 hack, pinned responsibility on Darkside, a group that reportedly develops ransomware and sells it to other outfits.
“The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks,” the agency said in a statement. “We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation.”
Colonial Pipeline, which operates pipes that carry refined petroleum products like gas and diesel for cars and trucks, jet fuel, heating oil for homes and fuel for the military, halted all pipeline operations after the hack. It also took “certain systems offline to contain the threat.”