INTRODUCTION Computer criminals armed with ransomware were able to hold U.S. drivers hostage earlier this month. The Colonial Pipeline attack had such dramatic real-world results that the simmering ransomware crisis has boiled over. It’s impossible to ignore now. But what does that really mean? Ransomware criminals are raking in the money...er, the cryptocurrency, anyway. According to security firm Elliptic, the Bitcoin wallet associated with ransomware gang DarkSide -- the oil pipeline hackers -- received transactions valued at $17.5 million since March…and even more over its lifetime.