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Ransomware gangs disrupted by response to Colonial Pipeline hack

Groups will 'lie low' until government pressure eases: CrowdStrike co-founder

A group of hackers calling itself DarkSide paralyzed a major fuel pipeline on the U.S. East Coast for several days, causing severe shortages.   © Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) -- Multiple ransomware groups claimed they were shutting down or scaling back operations on Friday as the U.S. government ramped up pressure while tech companies, cryptocurrency exchanges and others worried about getting caught in the crossfire.

DarkSide, the Russian-speaking gang blamed by the FBI for a hacking attack that led to a six-day fuel pipeline shutdown, said it was going out of business after losing access to some of its servers.

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