Darkside, the group of hackers behind this month’s shutdown of the US Colonial Pipeline, received at least $90 million in bitcoin ransom payments from dozens of victims before it disbanded last week. This was reported by London-based blockchain analytics firm Elliptic.
“In total, just over $90 million in Bitcoin ransom payments were made to DarkSide, originating from 47 distinct wallets,” Elliptic said in a report.
Citing data shared by dark web intelligence platform DarkTrace, Elliptic said the Darkside group appears to have made at least 99 victims, of which approximately 47% paid their ransom demands.
The average payment to the group likely totaling $1.9 million.
As we reported earlier, US fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline temporarily halted all pipeline operations after a cyberattack, the company said in a statement late on Friday.
The company is a major US supplier of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined products. It transports around 45% of fuel supplies around the US east coast.