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Cyberattack Shuts Down Pipeline that Transports 45% of the Fuel Supply for the Entire US East Coast

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Linden NJ, Colonial Pipeline, the largest refined products pipeline company in the US, says it has experienced a major cyber-attack. The incident has prompted the company to halt all its pipeline operations.

The cyber-attack may cause disruption to fuel supply across the US, given the size of the affected company. Colonial is the largest refined products pipeline operator in the US, transporting some 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel through its vast pipeline network. According to the company, it transports roughly 45% of the fuel supply for the entire US East Coast.

In a press release the company stated:

“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.”

9 thoughts on “Cyberattack Shuts Down Pipeline that Transports 45% of the Fuel Supply for the Entire US East Coast

  1. List of likely suspects:
    * Russia
    * North Korea
    * Environmentalists

  2. * A 15yo “remote learning” high-schooler from Bergen, intent on making the world a better place.

  3. China?
    Can’t make a reliable rocket
    Screws the world with the Wuhan virus…
    what else can we thank them for

  4. It’s amazing how many countries are coming after us because they know Biden is no Donald Trump.

  5. We have to get serious about cyber attacks. Get the smartest and brightest kids in our country. Give them a room with every bit of current tech at their finger tips and all the perks music,etc. and a goal : prevent cyber attacks. They could do it. It’s not a job for the old people.

  6. I think we should have a bit more diversity in methods of delivering fuel than one pipeline serving half the supply

  7. Ha Ha … I’ve owned about half of the cars shown in that picture 🙂

  8. Surely that picture is recycled from the 70s.

    In response to the previous comment about “Get the smartest and brightest kids in our country” to prevent such attacks, most attacks gain success through low tech means (e.g., tricking people to divulge credentials, etc.). When you don’t understand the problem, you’re not going to arrive at the best solution.

    1. NO SH$T, its the 70’s all over again

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