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Cyber Sleuths Blunted Pipeline Hack, Choked Data Flow to Russia

  • Private sector, U.S. effort took down servers, recovered data
  • Colonial information hadn’t been sent to Russia when recouped
Bloomberg business news
WATCH: President Joe Biden said Russia has “some responsibility” to address a ransomware attack that crippled the Colonial fuel pipeline.(Source: Bloomberg)

A small group of private-sector companies, with help from several U.S. agencies, disrupted ongoing cyber-attacks against Colonial Pipeline Co. and more than two dozen other victims, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Colonial was able to recover some stolen data because of the intervention, which stopped the flow of stolen data headed to Russia -- believed to be the ultimate destination, according to three people involved with or briefed about the investigation into the breach.