The attack triggered an emergency meeting at the White House over the weekend.
President Biden announced on Monday that the United States “should dismantle and prosecute” a criminal group called DarkSide. The FBI formally accused the group of carrying out a large-scale ransomware attack that prevented nearly half of the gasoline from circulating and prevented the supply of jet fuel. East Coast.
The FBI is clearly concerned that the ransomware may spread and issued emergency alerts to electric utilities, natural gas supplies, and other pipeline operators to beware of codes that led to the closure of Colonial Pipelines (a private company that controls major companies) to gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. Transport from the Gulf Coast of Texas to the New York Bay.
This Monday, the pipeline remains offline for the fourth day. This is a preemptive measure to prevent malware from infecting the company’s computer network and preventing it from spreading to the control system that runs the pipeline.
So far, the impact of gasoline and other energy supplies seems to be minimal, and Colonial said it hopes to resume operations at the end of this week.
The attack triggered an emergency meeting at the White House over the weekend as officials tried to understand whether the incident was purely a crime-aimed at shutting down the colony’s computer network unless a ransom was paid. Russia or other countries that use criminal groups in secret ways.
So far, intelligence officials have stated that everything has shown that this is just a ransomware act by the organization, which began deploying ransomware in August last year, which is believed to have been carried out in Eastern Europe and even Russia.