Texas Major Fuel Pipeline Was Hacked
The largest pipeline operator transporting fuel across the East Coast has been hit by a massive cyber attack and incapacitated indefinitely.
Colonial Pipeline reported that the breach was discovered on May 7th. According to them, numerous failures were noticed at the main nodes of the pipeline network. All work on problem areas was suspended.
“Colonial's network supplies fuel from U.S refiners on the Gulf Coast to the populous eastern and southern United States. The company transports 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined products through 5,500 miles (8,850 km) of pipelines,” Reuters reports. “Colonial Pipeline says it transports 45% of East Coast fuel supply.”
The 5.5 thousand miles long fuel line was completely paralyzed. An independent IT company specializing in cyber security is reportedly involved in the investigation, but there are no suspects yet.
“On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. Upon learning of the issue, a leading, third-party cybersecurity firm was engaged, and they have already launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident, which is ongoing. We have contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies,” the company's official statement says. “Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.”
Redditors cite a number of countries with the potential and capabilities to conduct such cyberattacks as potential hackers. The list of the most obvious detractors includes China, North Korea, Syria, Iran or Russia.
In light of recent events and the massive SolarWinds hack, the pro-liberal newspaper The New York Times hastened to blame Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously offered the United States to conclude an alliance on mutual aid and internet security.
As a motive, the FBI and DHS put forward the theory that Russia is doing this because of the Nord Stream 2 sanctions.
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