Saturday, May 8, 2021

U.S.’s Biggest Gasoline Pipeline Halted After Cyber-Attack

UPDATE BELOW


Colonial Pipeline is working to restore operations after a cyber-attack prompted the company to take its systems offline, threatening the supply of refined petroleum products to gas stations in major cities on the U.S. eastern seaboard, reports Bloomberg.


Colonial, which runs the largest U.S. gasoline and diesel pipeline system, has hired a third-party cybersecurity firm to investigate and contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies. It’s trying to minimize disruption to customers, the company said in a statement late Friday.

Below is the entire Colonial statement:

Media Statement: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption

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. 

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.

UPDATE

The Washington Post is reporting that it is a ransomware attack:

 It appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European based criminal gang — DarkSide, according to a U.S. official and another person familiar with the matter.


 -RW

4 comments:

  1. Cyber Polygon - Global Cyber Attack. The rehearsal for the live performance is in July. This is probably probing. Klaus Schwab has been maniacally boasting of it.

    Electrical Grid
    Supply Chains
    Markets
    Payment systems

    All Down in the blink of an eye, and for months. Iran had 2 years of damage done by coded worms in their nuclear program.

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    1. As you said, Klaus Schwab has been telling us their going to do this. This could be a perfect opportunity for the US Deep State to pull off a false flag event, and blame it on Russia while at the same time announce that the ransom was demanded in bitcoin. Then scripted "hearings" on bitcoin would follow, and then the governments of the world would be "forced" to ban all crypto's as a "national security" issue.

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  2. Jimmy Joe MeekerMay 8, 2021 at 6:08 PM

    Sounds like a typical ransomware attack on business systems, that the pipeline control systems were not adversely effected. When the ransomware nonsense showed up (likely on an office machine) they shut everything down to prevent it from spreading. Then there is the tedium of making sure each system is clean and bringing it back on line. Most likely the pipeline control systems will be the first brought back on line because those make the money for the company then office systems will be restored in some priority order.

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  3. More beautiful nihilism, from the perspective of the Leftists trying to knee-cap this country.

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