Last month's cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline cost American consumers a lot of money in higher gas prices and frustration as shortages meant fuel was hard to get in some places.
It cost the company, too. Colonial Pipeline paid the hackers — part of a group known as DarkSide — a $4.4 million ransom in the digital currency Bitcoin.
But now, thanks to the U.S. Department of Justice's new digital extortion task force, the hackers' payday was cut by more than half.
It was announced Monday the DOJ recovered about $2.3 million in the Bitcoin ransom.
Colonial cooperated with the FBI to track a cryptocurrency wallet the hackers had to receive the ransom. Some very hard and clever work led to the recovery.
And it may lead to the identification of at least some of the hackers, who are believed to be operating from Russia.
The hackers still made bank, but the recovery shows there are cracks in their operations that can be exploited — just like they exploit security flaws in corporate cybersecurity.
We can expect hackers to keep up their criminal activities, but it's good to know the good guys are on the job, too.