The U.S. government has declared a state of emergency following a cyber attack on the colonial pipeline (Colonial Pipeline), the country’s largest fuel company. Now the fuel supply from here will be by road instead of the pipeline. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the investigating agency in the case, reported on Twitter on Sunday that it was aware of the difficulties in the network of the colonial pipeline. The agency reported that it came to know about it only on Friday and its agents are ‘working with the company and government associates.’
The colonial pipeline goes to 25 million barrels of oil every day. The company supplies fuels like diesel and gas throughout the East Coast. The pipeline was attacked by a cyber attack on Friday (Cyber Attack on US Pipeline) and has been repaired ever since. People with knowledge of the matter say this will increase fuel shortages by two to three percent from Monday. But if it is not fixed quickly, the effect can be seen on a large scale as well.
Who has attacked?
According to media reports, several sources have confirmed that the ransomware attack (Ransomware Attack) was carried out by a gang of cybercriminals named Darkside. They had breached its network on Thursday and then took over at least 100GB of data. Then these hackers locked the data of some computers and servers and started demanding ransom on the same day. They even threatened to leak data on the Internet if they were not paid.
What did the company say?
While the Colonial Pipeline Company (Colonial Pipeline Company) says it is in touch with police, cybersecurity experts, and the Energy Department for restoration of its services. The company says its main pipeline work is currently stalled and only a few small lines are working, which work from the terminal to the delivery point. The company said it had cut off some lines of its system soon after the attack took place. Now fuels like oil and gas will be sent through tankers to New York. But their capacity will be less than that of the pipeline.