Feds recover $2.3 million in ransom paid to Colonial Pipeline hackers

The federal government has recovered millions of dollars in cryptocurrency paid in ransom to cybercriminals whose attack prompted the shutdown of the country's largest fuel pipeline, causing gas shortages across the southeastern U.S. last month, according to the Department of Justice. CBSN's Elaine Quijano has the details.

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- The Justice Department says it has seized most of the ransom colonial pipeline paid to the cyber criminal group dark side after it shut down operations last month. US Deputy Attorney general Lisa Monaco said today they've turned the tables on dark side.

- Ransomware attacks are always unacceptable, but when they target critical infrastructure, we will spare no effort in our response. Darkside is a ransomware as a service network. That means, developers who sell or lease ransomware to use in attacks in return for a fee or a share in the proceeds.

Darkside and its affiliates have been digitally stalking US companies for the better part of last year and indiscriminate--

- The DOJ says dozens of bitcoins valued at about $2.3 million have been retrieved.