The East Coast of America is currently under attack by hostile foreign powers via a hacking group linked to the Kremlin. The hack has crippled parts of a Colonial Pipeline that carries gas to much of the east coast. The group known as “Darkside Leaks” is a Russian backed hacking collective with dark links to the Russian government particularly that of Vladamir Putin it has been alleged.
The group is not exactly a well known hacking collective and it is unclear exactly what prompted the bizarre attack that has left the American government scrambling to get the gas lines back on along the coast and into Texas. Darkside reportedly maintains that they have no links to the Kremlin, though multiple reports have linked them extensively to the Russian government.
‘This could be the most impactful ransomware attack in history, a cyber disaster turning into a real-world catastrophe,’ Andrew Rubin, CEO and co-founder of cybersecurity firm Illumio told NBC News.
‘It’s an absolute nightmare, and it’s a recurring nightmare. Organizations continue to rely and invest entirely on detection, as if they can stop all breaches from happening. But this approach misses attacks over and over again. Before the next inevitable breach, the president and Congress need to take action on our broken security model.’
A full timeline for the massive 5,500 mile long line to be back online is not yet clear per what is known from the company so far. Colonial has not disclosed whether or not Darkside Leaks has demanded any form of a ransom or financial payment.
From what is understood about the group, they operate with free reign in Russia because they do not actually target Russia or the government itself. The group is notorious for its presence in the west (a known enemy of Putin) and it is believed