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05/12/2021
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The Energy secretary urges against buying more gas than needed after the Colonial ransomware incident. A light shines on DarkSide. And lawmakers try to make sense of the attack. This is CyberScoop for May 12, 2021.

Energy Secretary urges calm after ransomware incident

If Americans are starting to feel the cascading effects of a recent ransomware incident affecting Colonial Pipeline, they should resist the temptation to buy more gasoline at the pump than they need, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says. “We want to encourage people: It’s not that we have a gasoline shortage, it’s that we have this supply crunch, and that things will be back to normal soon,” Granholm said. There is not a shortage of gasoline; rather, the issue is that deliveries are held up as a result of the company shuttering some operations after the ransomware incident. Shannon Vavra dives in.


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The DarkSide of somewhere

Just who is DarkSide, the shadowy criminal syndicate accused of disrupting the biggest pipeline in the U.S.? They are a Russian-speaking “ransomware as a service” crew that leases hacking tools to vetted partners. But whatever vetting was done in this case was apparently insufficient. The group appeared to offer a faint mea culpa after the Colonial Pipeline hack, but that won’t stop the feds from coming after them. Sean Lyngaas breaks it down.


Colonial keeps CISA in the dark

Acting CISA director Brandon Wales told senators Tuesday that Colonial didn't tell his agency about its ransomware incident. As of the time of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing where he testified, the agency didn't have technical details about the attack, either. CISA is in the loop thanks to the FBI, and Wales said he didn't believe Colonial would've reached out to his agency otherwise. For all the talk of cyber information sharing between industry and government over the decades, the testimony suggests there's still a long way to go. Tim Starks has it covered.


Pipeline security, it’s all the rage

Lawmakers are pressing the Biden administration to do more on pipeline security following the disruptive ransomware incident at Colonial Pipeline. A dozen House Democrats and Republicans want a White House briefing, while others are holding TSA’s feet to the fire. The agency has historically been the lead on pipeline cybersecurity, but critics say it hasn’t delivered. Sean has more.


Ransomware group drops more D.C. police files

A ransomware gang that targeted the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department last month published the personal information of 22 officers and threatened to leak more if they were not paid off. Images of documents posted on a leak site affiliated with the Babuk ransomware appear show detailed files on the officers, including Social Security numbers and financial information, along with performance reviews and other internal records. The hackers wrote that they published the files after alleged payment negotiations with MPD broke down. The development shows that "some of these ransomware actors feel like they can operate with impunity," Recorded Future's Allan Liska said. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed reports.


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