In these last days, Mexico, Is developing one of the stories with all the dystopian elements in science fiction: Energy vulnerability Western world Network attacks From far away land, of course its benefits Political tensions.
Of course we would say Great hacker people Colony pipeline.
Although this sounds more absurd than interruption, in fact this news has already Barbaric meaning.tell them The White House is already working to solve the gasoline shortage In some places, they estimate that if it is not resolved as soon as possible, it may Running out of fuel -So, at zero- well Part of the United States.
The following situation colonialRaised many questions, including How the angle invaded the pipe.
With this in mind, we are here to prepare Case summarySo that they can track progress in detail and learn about This disturbing story puts America’s energy future at risk And revealed his Digital vulnerability.
What is a colony pipeline?
This Colony pipeline It may be the most important private pipeline in Gabacho’s energy system.
Although it is not well known outside the professional world, it is a lot of 8,800 kilometers long, What’s wrong with it The ability to transport 3 million barrels per day Made with fuel From Houston to New York.
Now that we have calculated the importance, we can now imagine that due to hacking, Rest from the weekend.
How does the angle invade the pipe?
It turns out that, as they imagined, Colony pipeline This is not a simple grease tube series.
This very important structure is completely digital: it has pressure sensors, thermostats, valves, and even a pressure gauge running through the pipeline -round trip- Look for any abnormalities. All these meters are connected to the central system.
This is where the company abandoned digital security.
Although it is believed that hackers reached the system through the use of institutional e-mails by administrative agencies, the joking thing is that information pirates can enter To the brain kitchen of the colony plumbing.
What information did they get from the hackers?
in accordance with Bloomberg, That’s a Double invasion.
On the one hand, they can subtract At least 100 GB of confidential information server. They asked the company to provide a ransom of millions of dollars because they did not publish the data on the Internet.
On the other hand, this is a Classic ransomware attack. This move, known as “data hijacking,” means that they can gain access to the system and restrict access to their company from the inside.So those colonial They will have to It takes great effort to access your information.
When they realized the seriousness of the hacking, they decided Close the pipe completely.
And fuel supply?
The main confusion is here.And the company’s Colony pipeline Efforts to recover your data or repair server failures, now, United States Not many waysEnsure fuel supply throughout the east coast.
This White house Already working hard to control the shortage that has emerged In some states, such as Alabama or Georgia.
However, as time goes by, things may become more complicated. right now, Washington post The report says Gasoline prices are at their highest point in the past 6 years, and more and more places are running out of fuel. Remind you that an urgent purchase will not help.
Analyst S&P Global Platts Energy Information Pointed out that the current situation is under control, but If the colony’s pipeline goes out of power for more than two weeks, things will become complicated.
Who invaded the colony pipeline?
Although the main effort is focused on Fixing U.S. fuel and gasoline suppliesThey are still trying to find the culprit.
This FBI He pointed out Go directly to a hacker group called DarkSide And agents Reuters The report says it’s a relatively new group in the digital world, but they have There is a lot of experience in the types of ransomware attacks.
While fixing changarro, Colony pipeline Commented that it “takes the time” to start operations, even though They promised to open the pipeline before the weekend, They already have time. Interesting?
*Excerpt from Bloomberg, “New York Times”, “Washington Post”, BBC and Reuters information