[ExI] colonial pipeline shutdown

Ben ben at zaiboc.net
Sat Jun 12 10:44:41 UTC 2021

On 11/06/2021 22:02, Dave Sill wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 11:21 AM Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com 
> <mailto:sparge at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     From
>     https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-fbi-got-colonial-pipelines-ransom-money-back-11623403981
>     which is paywalled:
>     /After Colonial Pipeline Co. on May 8 paid roughly $4.4 million in
>     cryptocurrency to hackers holding its computer systems hostage,
>     the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed the digital money.
>     Over the next 19 days, court records show, a special agent watched
>     on a publicly visible bitcoin ledger as hackers transferred the 75
>     bitcoins to other digital addresses. *A May 27 transfer of nearly
>     64 bitcoins landed at a virtual address to which the FBI gained
>     access, providing an opportunity to get a warrant and pounce.*/
> As for how they did that, the likely answer is An0m, their "secure" 
> messaging app:
> https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/06/fbi-snooped-on-criminals-using-encrypted-messaging-app.html

So why make this public now, eh? You'd think they would want to keep 
this quiet. Making it public has to be a deliberate move, but why?

Ben Zaiboc

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