A criminal gang launched a ransomware attack on a major U.S. pipeline company.



Colonial Pipeline operates the most significant fuel pipeline network in the USA, serving 50 million consumers; major points are as follows:

  • A cyberattack shut down servers that controlled the pipeline.
  •  A Russian-based criminal gang probably carried out this attack.
  • In a ransomware attack, Darkside demanded millions in return for not attacking Colonial Pipeline servers.
  • Possible that US officials had likely exerted heavy pressure on the Russian leadership to shut down the hackers.
  • Panic buying of fuel made the situation worse.
  • Within a few days, the pipeline returned to normal.