According to the Bloomberg agency, Colonial Pipeline paid that sum in cryptocurrencies to be able to restore the road that supplies fuel to the southeast of the country.
Colonial Pipeline, the company that operates the US pipeline network affected by a cyberattack, paid a ransom of about $ 5 million to the hackers who attacked it, according to the Bloomberg agency.
The outlet, which cites two sources familiar with the deal, said the information contradicted reports earlier this week when the company said it wanted to restore the country's largest fuel pipeline. I have no intention of receiving their extortion.
Noting the immense pressure on Georgia-based operators to reach the flow of petrol and jet fuel, the company paid a hefty ransom in irreparable cryptocurrencies within hours of the attack. Back to major cities along the East Coast of the United States.
A third source cited by the agency, who also does not identify, said that White House officials know that Colonial made the payment.
Once they received the payment, the hackers provided the operator with a decryption tool to restore the inactive computer network.
CNBC China reported a few hours ago that it had paid the colonial pirates, although it did not specify the amount provided.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not say how much the company paid or when the transaction took place, but the colony declined to comment. ۔
Shortly before this information was released, US President Joe Biden refused at a press conference to answer questions about whether Colonial had paid a ransom, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki, during her daily appearance, said the money requested in federal government policy is not being provided for fear of inciting cybercriminals to carry out more attacks.
On Monday, one of Biden's top cybersecurity advisers, Anne Neuberger, also declined to confirm a ransom payment.
"Usually, that is a choice of the private sector, he said.
The FBI has cited the Eastern European-based hacking group DarkSide as being responsible for last Friday's cyberattack against the pipeline network, operated by Colonial, which caused the disruption of its activities for several days.
On Wednesday, Colonial announced the resumption of its operations, although it warned that it would be several days before returning to normality.
On Thursday, it reported in a statement that work to resume full flow in the pipeline network was progressing and that by noon all the markets they serve would receive a supply.
That network fuels 45% of the US East Coast market and transports up to 2.5 million barrels of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel per day from Gulf of Mexico refineries to the south and east. of the country.