Ransomware Attack Forces Shutdown of Largest Fuel Pipeline in The U.S.

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      Emma Newburger

      The operator of the country’s largest fuel pipeline, Colonial Pipeline, fell victim to a cybersecurity attack on Friday that involved ransomware, forcing it to temporarily shut down all pipeline operations, the company said in a statement on Saturday.

      The firm has hired a third-party cybersecurity firm to launch a probe into the incident and has contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies. The cyberattack has affected some of its IT systems too.

      Colonial Pipeline, which transports nearly half of the East Coast’s fuel supply, said it 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,” the company said in a statement.

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      Wow. Will it be blamed on Russia or maybe Eco-terrorists?


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      <h1 class=”content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>The Colonial Pipeline Hack Is a New Extreme for Ransomware</h1>
      An attack has crippled the company’s operations—and cut off a large portion of the East Coast’s fuel supply—in an ominous development for critical infrastructure.

      FOR YEARS, THE cybersecurity industry has warned that state-sponsored hackers could shut down large swathes of US energy infrastructure in a geopolitically motivated act of cyberwar. But now apparently profit-focused cybercriminal hackers have inflicted a disruption that military and intelligence agency hackers have never dared to, shutting down a pipeline that carries nearly half the fuel consumed on the East Coast of the United States.

      On Saturday, the Colonial Pipeline company, which operates a pipeline that carries gasoline, diesel fuel, and natural gas along a 5,500 mile path from Texas to New Jersey, released a statement confirming reports that ransomware hackers had hit its network. In response, Colonial Pipeline says it shut down parts of the pipeline’s operation in an attempt to contain the threat. The incident represents one of the largest disruptions of American critical infrastructure by hackers in history. It also provides yet another demonstration of how severe the global epidemic of ransomware has become.

      “This is the largest impact on the energy system in the United States we’ve seen from a cyberattack, full stop,” says Rob Lee, CEO of the critical-infrastructure-focused security firm Dragos. Aside from the financial impact on Colonial Pipeline or the many providers and customers of the fuel it transports, Lee points out that around 40 percent of US electricity in 2020 was produced by burning natural gas, more than any other source. That means, he argues, that the threat of cyberattacks on a pipeline presents a significant threat to the civilian power grid. “You have a real ability to impact the electric system in a broad way by cutting the supply of natural gas. This is a big deal,” he adds. “I think Congress is going to have questions. A provider got hit with ransomware from a criminal act, this wasn’t even a state-sponsored attack, and it impacted the system in this way?”


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      Scott Crowder
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      BEFORE we computerized the system, we delivered fuel just fine and it couldn’t be hacked, because there was nothing to hack.
      Did these guys not watch Battlestar Galactica or did they just not understand the symbolism?

    • #422299
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      ….which one is a Devil supposed to root for??

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

    • #422494
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      Even money says some idjit clicked on an email.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

    • #422506
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      Who, besides maybe the people behind the attack, stand to profit from this?
      Is this another False Flag operation by members of our own government? Who stands to gain from this?
      Are the people that are/will be getting the blame for this, really had anything to do with it?
      Is this just a high tech excuse to jack up the prices again?
      All of the above?

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

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      …saying Russsia is responsible,without one iota of proof.

    • #423104
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      Like Covid-19 was not caused by China, these ransomware thieves were not necessarily caused by Russia.

      I once got a ransomware on my computer and lost mostly recipes and posters. Bunch of idiots if they thought I would pay them hundreds of dollars for those things. But I still hate these ransomware thieves with a passion.

      But what I don’t get, is why doesn’t this wealthier-than-a-small-country corporation have better cyber security? I mean I got the virus because I had a crappy virus protection company and that was about 10 years ago. Surely in the last 10 years they could have hired some half decent IT guys. Or because they are only profit driven, they couldn’t be bothered to hire the expertise they needed to deal with 10 year old computer viruses.

      They don’t care that if they fail many people will suffer. They could actually make a profit off of the scarcity, so why bother paying someone to protect the software?

      It all comes down to what do the Major shareholders…not even All the shareholders…want? To pay for computer security or more profits.

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