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Canada Ransomware Attack: Important pipeline in the US is silent

20:15  09 may  2021
20:15  09 may  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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The operator of one of the most important pipeline networks in the US has been attacked with ransomware. Now the attackers are threatened with a data leak.

In den USA steht ein wichtiges Pipeline-Netz still. © Kodda / Shutterstock In the US, an important pipeline network is quiet.

After the US company Colonial Pipeline had to take one of the most important US pipelines from the net on Friday because of a hacker attack, you now threaten duplicate blackmail. Because one day before the attack, the hackers have already stolen 100 gigabytes of internal data, as Bloomberg reports. Thus, the attackers require a ransom and threaten to publish the data.

multiple systems switched off

Colonial pipelines had announced on Friday , with Ransomware be attacked. For such attacks , a malware prevents access to IT systems until a ransom is paid.

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The Group was forced to turn off several systems. Several IT systems and all pipeline activities were affected. According to media reports, the group Darkside could stuck behind the attack.

Digital Attack for Important Infrastructure

"This is as close as you can approach the main workload of infrastructure in the United States," said Amy Myers Jaffy, Research Professor and Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab to Reuters.

According to the Wallstreet Journal, Colonial Pipeline transports about 45% of the gasoline and diesel fuel consumed at the east coast. As long as the pipeline is not silent for several days, but no significant influence on the oil markets should be expected. Colonial pipeline has not yet expressed when the network could be put into operation again.

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