The pipeline transports 45% of the fuel supplied to the east coast
new York- One of the country’s longest pipelines, refined gasoline and jet fuel from the east coast of Texas to New York, was forced to shut down after being attacked by ransomware, indicating that the energy infrastructure is vulnerable to cyber attacks.
The system operator Colonial Pipeline announced in a statement that on Friday afternoon, the pipeline closed 5,500 miles of the pipeline, which transported 45% of the fuel to the east coast to prevent intrusion into the computer network.
On Friday morning, there was a disruption along the pipeline, but it is not known whether this was a direct result of the attack or whether the company took action to stop the attack.
Colonial Pipeline said on Saturday afternoon that its system was attacked by ransomware, in which hackers took the victim’s information as hostages until the ransom was paid, but did not disclose when normal operations could resume.
Although the closure of the vital pipeline that has served the east coast of the United States since the early 1960s has highlighted the fragility of the old infrastructure directly or indirectly connected to the Internet.
In recent months, there have been two major attacks in Russia and China. Intelligence and intelligence agencies were surprised to find that the Biden administration will issue a comprehensive executive order to improve the security of federal and private systems.