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Russia and Biden: No evidence Russia involved in Colonial Pipeline attack

Christian Fernsby |
Russia’s embassy in the United States on Tuesday rejected speculation that Moscow had any responsibility for a ransomware cyberattack that has disrupted activity at Colonial Pipeline.

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Topics: RUSSIA    BIDEN    COLONIAL PIPELINE   

President Joe Biden on Monday said there was no evidence thus far that Russia’s government was involved, but said there was evidence that the culprits’ ransomware was in Russia.

The Colonial Pipeline will not resume full operations for several days due to the attack, one of the most disruptive digital ransom schemes every reported which has been blamed on a shadowy criminal network called DarkSide.

“The Embassy took note of the attempts of some media to accuse Russia of a cyber-attack on Colonial Pipeline,” the Russian embassy said in a statement on Facebook.

“We categorically reject the baseless fabrications of individual journalists and reiterate that Russia does not conduct ‘malicious’ activity in the virtual space.”

The FBI attributed the cyberattack to DarkSide, a group believed to be based in Russia or Eastern Europe.