Or what a difference one day makes: here is WaPo reporting, citing its usual unnamed disinformation sources "familiar with the matter":
Once the ransom was paid, the hackers provided Colonial with a decrypting tool to restore its computer system, but "the tool was so slow that the company continued using its own backups to help restore the system, one of the people familiar with the company's efforts said."
Yeah right. Alas, now that everyone is lying - that WaPo's sources were dead wrong is hardly a surprise - we will need to get the full story from the hackers themselves. Like, for example, what cryptocurrency was used to make the $5MM payment (we assume bitcoin, adding insult to injury for the ESG cult which faces the double whammy of all those millions of gallons of gasoline flowing again and the realization that Chinese power plants used to mine bitcoin raised global temperatures by at least 1 degree to bring us this payment).