According to the publication, the group reported the closure to its accomplices.
The hacker group DarkSide, which, according to the US authorities, is behind the hacking of the systems of the American pipeline company Colonial Pipeline, ceases its activities. The Wall Street Journal reported this on Friday with reference to the American company FireEye, which specializes in computer security.
According to her, the hacker group informed its accomplices about the closure. As the publication notes, with reference to experts in this field, such associations after disbanding often reunite under a different name.
Earlier, another company in the field of cybersecurity, Recorded Future, informed about the loss of DarkSide access to some of its servers, as well as the loss of hackers of some of the money received because of cyberattacks.
The cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline was carried out with the use of a virus, which gets into the computer system temporarily blocks its operation, and encrypts data until the victim pays the amount required by the extortionists. The hack paralyzed the operation of the company’s system for several days, through the pipeline of which about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast of the United States is transported. As Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing sources, Colonial Pipeline paid hackers a ransom of about $5 million to regain access to its data. On Monday, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that DarkSide was behind the hacking of the Colonial Pipeline. According to US intelligence agencies, the group may be based in the Russian Federation or Eastern Europe but is not associated with any government.