Transcript for FBI says Russian hackers responsible for cyberattack on fuel pipeline
The FBI has now identified a suspect in the attack, criminal hacker group demanding ransom. Our chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas has more on that part of the story. Good morning, Pierre. Reporter: Michael, good morning. The FBI is now officially identifying the hackers based in Russia known as darkside as a gang who developed a so-called ransomware used on the pipeline in a scheme to extort money. While U.S. Intelligence has yet to develop evidence to tie the Kremlin to the attack some security experts emphasize the Russian government has a pattern of allowing and sometimes helping such groups when they try to hurt western companies and nations. The FBI identified darkside last October and says it has targeted a number of industries ranging from manufacturing to health care and insurance. Ransomware hacks are emerging as a huge problem. A homeland security secretary recently warning in the past year attacks spiked nearly 300% with roughly $350 million extorted from U.S. Companies and American consumers. George. Pierre Thomas, thanks.
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