Colonial Pipeline Reportedly Paid Nearly $5 Million in Ransom to Hackers.
According to 'Bloomberg,' Colonial Pipeline Co.
Paid the ransom in difficult-to-trace cryptocurrency within hours after the attack, .
Which contradicts earlier reports that the company had no intention of paying any extortion fee.
The hackers, which the FBI said are linked to a group called DarkSide located in either Russia or Eastern Europe, specialize in digital extortion.
A source familiar with the company’s efforts stated that the hackers provided a decrypting tool upon receiving the payment, .
Though the tool operated so slowly that Colonial continued using its own system to restore operations.
Colonial said it began to resume fuel shipments on Wednesday evening