The colony closed its pipeline “because ransomware hackers attacked its billing system-it can’t bill customers”
According to multiple reports, the reason was that the Colony Pipeline Company shut down the fuel distribution business, and the reason was that the billing system was paralyzed by a cyber attack last week.
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An oil company report stated that the oil company was “worried that they would not be able to figure out how much fuel to charge customers”. CNN.
The report believes that it is precisely because of the inability to consider the amount of fuel used that it became their top priority in their final decision to unplug.
The representative of the colony said in a statement to the network: “In response to cybersecurity attacks on our systems, we took the initiative to take certain systems offline to contain the threat. The threat temporarily stopped all pipelines and affected our operations. Certain IT systems.”
The billing disclosure was at the core of Colonial’s closure, which revealed earlier findings, Kim Zetter issued multiple Substack press releases over the weekend It detailed how the company’s centralized “flow computer” was compromised, which kept its fuel distribution labels and then sent tickets to its users.
The oil company has been in a state of addiction since a cyber attack on May 7 stopped gasoline pumps across the east coast and caused a nationwide natural gas shortage.
In terms of U.S. oil infrastructure, the pipeline’s mission is Transports approximately 2.5 million barrels of natural gas, diesel, heating oil and jet fuel every day.
Fuel can travel 5,500 miles, which is vital to provide fuel for major transportation hubs such as airports in Atlanta and Baltimore.
This week, Colonial confirmed that it is actively resuming operations, but admitted It may take a while to do so.
Colonial said in a statement: “After the restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal.”
It continued: “Certain markets served by colonial pipelines may experience or continue to experience intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period.”
The company added: “The colony will deliver gasoline, diesel and jet fuel as safely as possible and will continue to do so until the market returns to normal.”
Since it was reported that a Russian criminal group called Darkside launched a ransomware attack, fingers have been pointing. The ransomware attack has paralyzed the largest fuel transmission line from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast.
According to reports, the company recruited Darkside threats by paying a $5 million ransom, and initially condemned them for doing so. Bloomberg Report.
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After receiving the reported seven-digit blackmail cash, Hackers provided Colonial with decryption tools to restore the network.
However, the company has begun to rely on its own backups because The process of restoring service has been delayed.
At the press conference on Thursday, President Biden The hacking was mentioned, but insisted that he had “no comment” on whether he received a briefing on the reported ransom.
So far, Biden has not attributed the blame to Russia or President Putin.
“I believe I have read FBI Biden accurately said, “They said they were not, he was not, and the government was not.”
When asked whether he would seek retaliation and whether he was considering whether to “consider shutting down these criminals through cyber attacks,” the president answered “No.”