The US government declared a regional emergency on Sunday because the largest fuel pipeline system in the United States is still largely closed two days after a major ransomware attack was detected. ColonialPipeline Company transports gasoline and jet fuel from the Texas Gulf Coast to the densely populated East Coast of the United States through a 5,500-mile (8,850-kilometer) pipeline, serving 50 million consumers.
The company claimed that it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack involving ransomware, which was an attack that encrypts computer systems and attempts to withdraw money from operators. The emergency situation resulted in the immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products and provided the necessary relief.
States affected: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland. The release also provides regulatory relief for commercial vehicle operations. It is part of emergency support work. The colony said in a statement: “Although our mainline is still offline, some smaller horizontal lines between the terminal and the delivery point are still working”, although some have been opened Smaller delivery line, but the main system has not yet been backed up and working.
“Only when we consider it safe will the entire system be brought back online.” We have been in contact with law enforcement and other federal agencies, including the Department of Energy, which is leading the response of the federal government. “In addition to safely bringing our system back online, maintaining the operational safety of the pipeline remains our top priority.”
Request for Greater Oversight:
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told CBS on Sunday that authorities are working to prevent supply disruptions. Colonial, headquartered in South Georgia, is the largest pipeline operator in the United States by volume, with a typical transportation volume of 2.5 million.
The attack prompted cybersecurity experts to request greater industry oversight to prepare for future threats. Attacks on operational technology (industrial control systems on production lines or production plants) are becoming more and more frequent. The measures have been incorporated into the technology development phase, and we are likely to see more frequent attacks on industrial systems such as oil and gas pipelines or water treatment plants.
Analysts warned that if the pipeline is not reopened as soon as possible, prices may go up or even higher. On Monday, oil prices rose more than 1%. In the past two months, there have been two major cybersecurity breaches in the United States, which shocked the United States: SolarWinds hackers attacked thousands of US government and private-sector computer networks.
Russia was blamed; The latter is believed to have been At least 30,000 US organizations, including local governments, have been affected, which is attributed to China’s active cyber espionage activities.