United States-ALSHARQIYA May 10 : Colonial Pipeline - the largest fuel pipeline operator in the United States - shut down its entire network, which is the source of nearly half of the fuel supply on the east coast of the United States, after a cyber attack the company said was caused by Ransomware.
This incident is one of the most impactful digital ransomware operations ever reported, and it has drawn attention to the extent to which the US energy infrastructure is vulnerable to hackers. The shutdown sparked fears of a rise in gasoline pump prices before the height of the summer season
Colonial transports 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined products across 5,500 miles (8,850 km) of pipelines linking refineries on the Gulf Coast to the eastern and southern United States.
Colonial said it had shut down systems to contain the threat after learning of the attack on Friday. She said that this action temporarily halted operations and affected some of its IT systems.
While the US government investigation is still in its early stages, a former official and two industry sources said the hackers are most likely a professional group of cybercriminals.
The former official said investigators are looking into a group dubbed "DarkSide", which is known for spreading ransomware and extorting victims in post-Soviet countries.