Stephanie Kelly and Devika Krishna to Kumar
NEW YORK, May 10 (Reuters) Ransomware for a criminal network called the “Ransomware”, the largest gas pipeline in the United States, will not resume full operations for several more days due to cyberbats.
The colonial pipeline raid, which provides nearly half the fuel consumption along the United States east coast, is the largest of its kind on record. Analysts said the impact of lost production and rising fuel prices is yet to be decided.
The private company said that it is working to start the work in a phased manner from Monday.
The FBI blamed DarkSide for the cyber attack, a group believed to be based in Russia or Eastern Europe. Cyber experts said that its ransomware targets computers that do not use keyboards in the languages of former Soviet republics.
US President Joe Biden said that there was no evidence yet that the Russian government was involved.
“As of now our intelligence people have no evidence that Russia is involved, although there is evidence that the actors are in Russia,” Biden said.
A statement issued in the group’s name on Monday said: “Our goal is to earn money and not create problems for society.” His statement did not mention the colonial pipeline by name.
Ransomware is a type of malware designed to lock computers by encrypting data and demanding payment to regain access. How much money the hackers are looking for is unknown and Colonial has not commented on whether it will pay. (Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar and Stephanie Kelly in New York, Rich McKay in Atlanta, Georgia. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charmy.)
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