By Eurasia Business News – May 13, 2021
The American pipeline operator had announced on May 7 that he was the victim of a massive cyberattack. Picture : View on a gas pipeline. Photo credits : Pexels.
Shut down after a cyberattack a few days ago, the US oil pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline will resume operations, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced on Wednesday.
“We just hung up the phone with the CEO of Colonial Pipeline. They will revive the pipeline activity today around 5:00 pm,” she said on Twitter. A spokeswoman for Colonial Pipeline also confirmed the information.
The group’s pipeline system transports more than 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel and kerosene from the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast and eastern United States. The pipeline also supplies the U.S. military.
Rush on the pumps
“On May 7, Colonial Pipeline learned that it was the victim of a cyberattack. We took some of our systems offline as a precaution to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our computer systems, “the group said in a statement last week.
Its computer systems have been targeted by a “ransomware”, a malicious software that encrypts files and prevents their use, installed by cyber criminals for the purpose of obtaining ransom.
The forced shutdown of Colonial Pipeline’s pipelines has raised fears of a shortage of petroleum products in the US and has caused a rush on pumps at some gas stations.
After five days of chaos at gas pumps and a state of emergency declared in four states – Florida, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina – the situation should soon return to normal.
US President Joe Biden has taken exceptional measures to release fuel from the army. The White House also thinks “long term”, and recalled Wednesday the need to train more young people in cybersecurity.
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