The linchpin to retrieving $2.3 million, half the company's payment, was gaining access to the private key linked to the attacker's Bitcoin account. Here's how authorities may have gotten it.
The Justice Department says it has seized Bitcoin worth millions of dollars that was part of what Colonial Pipeline paid to get control of its systems back from hackers.
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Colonial Pipeline CEO Joe Blount on the ransomware attack on the pipeline's network and the decision to pay the hackers the $4.4 million ransom.
Pipeline and other key infrastructure companies aren't currently required to report ransomware attacks, so "we don't really understand how bad the problem is," says a former cybersecurity official.
Some Americans actually remember the gas lines of the 1970s and how they contributed to the downfall of two presidents. And if you don't, you've at least heard the stories and seen the pictures.
The attack on Colonial Pipeline has focused new attention on a potentially radical proposal to stem the growing threat posed by ransomware: making it illegal for victims to pay their attackers.
Fuel outages continue across the Southeast due to consumer response to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.
Even before fuel began flowing again after a ransomware attack, experts said any shortages were because of transportation, not supply, and they urged people not to top off their tanks.