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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Moscow Denies Involvement in Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

Moscow denies involvement in the latest cyber attack by a hacker group known as DarkSide on the US oil company, Colonial Pipeline, in a statement on Tuesday.

“We categorically reject the baseless fabrications of individual journalists and reiterate that Russia does not conduct ‘malicious’ activity in the virtual space,” said the Russian embassy to the United States in a statement.

The FBI claimed earlier that “the DarkSide ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks.” The DarkSide group is a relatively new hacker ring claimed to be originating in Russia.

The DarkSide’s ransomware used in the attack has compromised the largest oil pipeline in the United States, the Colonial Pipeline.

US President Joe Biden said on Monday that there was no evidence of the involvement of the Russian government in the cyberattack but some indications point to Russia as the origin of the ransomware.

The Russian diplomatic mission claimed that Moscow repeatedly advocated dialogue on issues of international information security subjects. It has earlier suggested contacting the Russian National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents for this kind of security incident.

“At the moment, the embassy has no information about requests for assistance from the American side,” said the embassy in a statement posted on social media.

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