Media Statement from Colonial Pipeline System Disruption Regarding Cybersecurity Attack

Russian cyber criminal gang DarkSide claims responsibility for shutting down Colonial Pipeline. Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, joins ‘The News with Shepard Smith’ to discuss the implications of continued cyberattacks on the U.S. YouTube Tips ⓘ

The FBI confirmed in a statement on Monday, May 10, 2021 that Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks. The statement added that the FBI continue to work with the Colonial Pipeline Company and government partners on the investigation.

On Friday, May 7, 2021 Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack and has since determined that the incident involved ransomware. Quickly after learning of the attack, Colonial proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat. These actions temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems, which Colonial Pipeline says are actively in the process of restoration.

Leading, third-party cybersecurity experts were also immediately engaged after Colonial Pipeline Company discovered the issue. The experts launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident. Colonial Pipeline remained in contact with law enforcement and other federal agencies, including the Department of Energy, which is leading the Federal Government response.

Maintaining the operational security of the pipeline, in addition to safely bringing systems back online, remain the highest priorities, according to Colonial Pipeline Company. Over the past 48 hours, Colonial Pipeline personnel have taken additional precautionary measures to help further monitor and protect the safety and security of the pipeline.

The Colonial Pipeline operations team is developing a system restart plan. While mainlines (Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4) remain offline, some smaller lateral lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational. Colonial stated they are in the process of restoring service to other laterals and will bring the full system back online only when it is considered safe to do so, and in full compliance with the approval of all federal regulations.

At this time, the primary focus of Colonial Pipeline Company continues to be focused on the safe and efficient restoration of service to the pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.

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 and raising concern that the outage could lead to spot shortages of gas, diesel and jet fuel. YouTube Tips ⓘ

A cyberattack has forced a major energy pipeline in the U.S. to shut down operations. Colonial Pipeline says it learned of the attack on Friday. The Georgia-based company temporarily suspended services in order to contain the threat. Colonial Pipeline says it transports more than 100 million gallons of fuel through 5,500 miles of pipelines spanning from Texas to New Jersey. CBS News Homeland Security and Justice reporter Nicole Sganga joined CBSN’s Lana Zak to discuss. YouTube Tips ⓘ



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