It was recently found out that the top U.S. fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline had to shut down its entire network following a cyberattack on Friday that involved ransomware.
The attack was stated as one of the most disruptive digital ransom operations, revealing the vulnerability of the US energy infrastructure. Indeed, Colonial Pipeline transports 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline through 5,500 miles of pipelines linking refiners on the Gulf Coast to the eastern and southern United States. The pipeline also serves some of the largest airports in the country, making its role vital for the US.
The company shut down its operations immediately after the cyberattack happened and is trying to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. It was reported that the hackers responsible for the attacks belong to a professional cybercriminals group. The investigators are then looking for a group called “DarkSide”, which is known for deploying ransomware and avoiding targets in post-Soviet states.
The company also stated that it was working with a cybersecurity firm to help reinforce the security and advance the investigation. The government is working to help Colonial restore its operations quickly and safely as well as prevent any other supply disruption. The Department of Energy also declared that it was monitoring potential impacts to the nation’s energy supply.
We still do not know how long the pipelines will remain shut.