Darkside, the Colonial Pipeline Hackers, Apologize


DarkSide, the hacker group identified by the FBI as responsible for last week’s ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline apologized. The hackers claim they are sorry for any “social consequences,” of the hack. And try to reassure their victims that DarkSide is only in it for the money.

The group’s apology letter was posted on its dark website. And was picked up on Twitter.


It claims, “We are apolitical, we do not participate in geopolitics, do not need to tie us with a defined government and look for other our motives. Our goal is to make money and not creating problems for society. From today, we introduce moderation and check each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future.”

According to Nicole Perlroth, cybersecurity reporter for the New York Times and author of the book “This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends,”  DarkSide is not associated with any specific nation-state. But it also avoids attacks where systems are in certain Russian and Eastern European languages. And the group is thought to speak Russian.