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7 Jun, 7 tweets, 4 min read
#FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate will join our partners from @TheJusticeDept and @USAO_NDCA for a press conference today regarding the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. You can watch live at 3:15 p.m. EDT via justice.gov/live.
Justice Department Seizes $2.3 Million in Cryptocurrency Paid to Ransomware Extortionists: @TheJusticeDept today announced that it has seized 63.7 bitcoins that allegedly represent the proceeds of a May 8 ransom payment to DarkSide cyber actors. ow.ly/UaXC50F4Xc1 Deputy Director Paul Abbate stated, "There is no place
During the press conference, Deputy Director Abbate discussed the central role partnerships play in #cyber investigations, including the investigation into DarkSide. ow.ly/tYjg50F523f FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate speaks at a Justice Departme
Abbate: Since last year, we’ve been pursuing an investigation into DarkSide—a Russia-based #cybercrime group. ... DarkSide developers market their #ransomware to criminal affiliates, who then conduct attacks and share a percentage of the proceeds with the developers.
Abbate: Based on our investigation into DarkSide and incredible work with other U.S. government partners, we identified a virtual currency wallet that the DarkSide actors used to collect a payment from a victim.
Abbate: Using law enforcement authorities, victim funds were seized from that wallet, preventing DarkSide actors from using them. This is just the latest disruption that the #FBI and @TheJusticeDept have taken to impose risk and consequences on #cyber adversaries.
Abbate: When the FBI combines our law enforcement and intelligence authorities with those of our partners ... and when we have victims willing to share information to further our ... efforts against cyber adversaries, we can have immediate, permanent effect on ransomware actors.

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