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Ransomware Attack in Germany Tied to Colonial Pipeline Hackers

  • Type of malware written in Russian, known for sophistication
  • Black Cat appears to be related to Colonial Pipeline hackers
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A Russia-linked cybercrime gang was allegedly responsible for ransomware attacks that took down a swath of Germany’s fuel-distribution system this week and hindered payments at some filling stations.

Hackers using a strain of ransomware known as “Black Cat” infected computers at Mabanaft GmbH and Oiltanking GmbH Group, according to two people familiar with an investigation into the breaches.