FBI Confirms Who Was Behind Massive Cyberattack

(FiveNation.com)- This week the United States saw a major hack on the biggest U.S. pipeline, and the effects of that hack are still wreaking havoc across the East Coast where people are panic buying gasoline and fuel prices are skyrocketing.

And while Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm confirmed on Wednesday that the pipeline had returned to normal operations after the attack, she added that it will take several days for the normal product delivery supply chain to return.

“Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period,” she continued.

The attack might be over or now, but after the FBI identified precisely who was responsible, those very same hackers revealed that they have more victims in their sights.

Russian hacking gang “Darkside” was officially named by the FBI as the group behind the attack.

“The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks,” a statement from the FBI revealed on Monday. “We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation.”

On Wednesday, Darkside claimed responsibility for the attack and revealed three new targets that they say have already been attacked. The names of those victims have yet to be released, but reports suggest that one is based in the United Kingdom, another in Brazil, and another in the American state of Illinois.

The attack on the 5,500-mile pipeline meant that a daily 100 million gallons of fuel transported by the pipeline were interrupted. It demonstrates just how much damage can be done by hackers which are believed by U.S. intelligence agencies to be working either on behalf of the Russian government or with the explicit support and permission of the Russian government.

Is this a sign that we’re entering a new age of hacking warfare?