THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY..
A cyberattack forced the shutdown of one of the largest pipelines in the United States, in what appeared to be a significant attempt to disrupt vulnerable energy infrastructure. The pipeline carries refined gasoline and jet fuel up the East Coast from Texas to New York.
ALL OPERATIONS WERE HALTED FRIDAY
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The operator of the system, Colonial Pipeline, said in a statement late Friday that it had shut down its 5,500 miles of pipeline, which it says carries 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel supplies, in an effort to contain the attack on its computer networks. Earlier Friday, there were disruptions along the pipeline, but it was unclear whether that was a direct result of the attack.
In the statement, the company said that it learned on Friday that it “was the victim of a cybersecurity attack,” but it provided no details. Such an attack could involve malware that shut down its operations or ransomware demanding payment to unlock computer files or systems.
45% of the East Coast’s fuel supply is carried through one delivery system, operated by Colonial Pipeline, the victim of a cyberattack Friday. The shutdown was precautionary; company says attack did not impact delivery. But, that’s a lot of dependency on one company…
Again, this is supplies half of the East Coast’s gas and plane fuel..