The top US fuel pipeline network was shut down due to a cyberattack

The top US fuel pipeline network was shut down due to a cyberattack


US pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline shut down its entire network after a cyber attack believed to have been caused by ransomware. The Colonial Pipeline’s pipeline network carries nearly half of the fuel supply on the US east coast.

Read more on The top US fuel pipeline network was shut down due to a cyberattack…


US pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline shut down its entire network after a cyber attack believed to have been caused by ransomware. The Colonial Pipeline’s pipeline network carries nearly half of the fuel supply on the US east coast.

The company transports 2.5 million barrels of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined products daily over 8,850 km of pipelines connecting refineries on the Gulf Coast with the eastern and southern United States.

Colonial Pipelines said in its statement that it shut down systems to contain the threat after learning about it on Friday.

quoted a former US government official and two industry sources who said the hackers likely came from a highly professional group of cybercriminals. The US government investigation is ongoing.

Investigators are investigating whether a group dubbed “DarkSide” by the cybersecurity research community is responsible, the former government official said.

DarkSide is known for using ransomware and blackmailing victims while selectively avoiding targets in post-Soviet states.

The malicious software used in the attack was ransomware, two cybersecurity industry sources who are familiar with the matter. Ransomware is a type of malware that locks systems down by encrypting data and demanding payment in order to regain access. The malware has grown in popularity over the past five years.

Colonial hired a third-party cybersecurity firm to open an investigation and reached out to law enforcement and other federal agencies.

Cybersecurity company FireEye was called in to respond to the attack. FireEye declined to comment when asked if it was working on the incident.

The US Transportation Security Administration said it was working with other agencies on the situation.

Colonial did not provide any further details and did not provide how long the pipelines would remain closed.

(With contributions from agencies)

.

COMMENTS