Russia captures hacker likely responsible for Colonial Pipeline cyberattack

The hacker behind the ransomware attack that took down the Colonial Pipeline last year was by Russian authorities, according to US officials.

Russian intelligence agency FSB said on Friday that 14 people associated with the REvil ransomware group had been arrested, The Wall Street Journal. The group took responsibility in the United States. In the United States, officials believe the hacker behind the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack last spring was among those arrested, according to an unnamed administration official who spoke to CNN.

Last year’s cyberattack, which has been attributed to one, caused significant damage to the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies almost half of the fuel for the entire East Coast of the United States. The temporary pipeline shutdown has caused massive panic buying at gas stations in and around the US East Coast, leading to shortages in at least .

Like CNN note, the arrest comes after a week of diplomatic talks between the United States and Russia regarding the reinforcement of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine. Biden’s official told the network he believed the arrest was “unrelated” to the situation. But some analysts have suggested otherwise, noting that this is the first US investigation in which Russia has cooperated in eight years.

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