One of the largest oil pipeline connections in United States Is the target of a hacker attack. The operating company Colonial Pipeline announced that the pipeline had been suspended. This attack affects a part of the information technology system. To control the threat, the entire system was switched to offline mode. An outside security agency is investigating the incident and law enforcement officials have been notified.
Investigators are currently investigating whether a group called the “Dark Side” was responsible for the attack, according to Reuters. She is known as the so-called Ransomware Use them to intimidate victims. Reuters reports that such software was used in the attack on the pipeline.
Petrol, diesel, kerosene and hot oil
The company did not say how long the pipeline would be out of service. We are working to return to normal operations and reduce the impact on customers. Oil analyst Andy Lipov said the impact of the attack on fuel supply and prices depends on how long the pipeline has been in service.
A day or two of idle time is very short, while five or six days can lead to price increases and disruptions, for example at large airports such as Atlanta and Charlotte. The New York Times He wrote that because of the low energy requirements in corona infection, it is unlikely that stopped activity will have immediate effects.
The colonial pipeline stretched thousands of kilometers from Texas to New York, mostly underground. Among other things, petrol, diesel, kerosene and heating oil are transported – about 2.5 million barrels a day. According to the company, it supplies more than 50 million consumers, including the U.S. military.
The United States has been rocked by two massive cyber attacks in the past few months. The attack, discovered in December using software from the US company Solar Winds, affected thousands of government computers and private networks. Another attack on Microsoft’s Exchange email service went public in March, affecting at least 30,000 US systems.