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US News A cyber attack causes the closure of the largest gasoline oil in the United States

04:05  09 may  2021
04:05  09 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Colonial, which runs the largest U . S . gasoline and diesel pipeline system, has hired a third-party cybersecurity firm to investigate and contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies. It’s trying to minimize disruption to customers, the company said in a statement late Friday. It supplies gasoline , diesel and jet fuel to fuel distributors and airports from Houston to New York. Nymex gasoline futures rose 1.32 cents to settle at .1269 per gallon Friday in New York. — With assistance by Michael Riley, and Benjamin Bain. (Adds reported details on nature of the attack starting in the second paragraph.)

Cyber attackers who shut down one of the US ’ main fuel pipelines used so-called ransomware to lock up the system. Moving 100 million gallons of fuel a day, the pipeline is a critical target. A gasoline and diesel pipeline running the length of the US East Coast was temporarily shut down following a cyber attack on Friday. A ransomware attack in the Netherlands last month targeted a logistics company and led to shortages of packed cheese and other groceries in the country’s largest supermarkets. The company got its systems back under control, but declined to say whether it paid the ransom to do so.

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Colonial Pipeline, one of the largest oil pipe operators Americans had to cease all its operations since Friday after being a victim of a cyberattack, said the company that carries gasoline and diesel on more than 8,800 km of pipelines across the United States.

"On May 7 The Colonial Pipeline Company has learned that it was a victim of a cybersecurity attack," says the group in a statement.

"We have put some of our offline systems as a precaution in order to contain the threat, temporarily interrupted all pipeline operations and affected some of our computer systems," adds the company.

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The largest gasoline pipeline on the East Coast, and the US in general, was shut down on Friday after its operator struggled to contain a cyberattack which threatened its systems. The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which is the single largest refined-products pipeline in the United States , halted transit as If the closure persists further into the weekend or even early next week, it’s very likely to send gasoline prices soaring. The last time there was a significant shutdown of Colonial’s lines was during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, which shot spot Gulf Coast gasoline prices to a five-year high and diesel to near a

‘On Friday night, the largest U . S . gas pipeline announced it had halted its operations after it discovered it was targeted in a cyber attack . The pipeline provides about 45 percent of the fuel supply along the east coast and southern United States . CNBC reported the company transports 2.5 million barrels of gasoline , diesel, jet fuel and other refined products every day, accounting for about 45 percent of the east coast’s fuel supply. That fuel passes through 5,500 miles of pipelines. The pipeline network moves fuel from U . S . gulf coast refineries to populous areas along the eastern and southern United States .

Colonial Pipeline operates a network of pipelines ranging from refineries installed on the Gulf Coast of Mexico around Houston (Texas) to Northeastern United States in the New York area.

The group indicates a "leading" cybersecurity company to solve the problem and opened an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident. "We contacted the police and other federal agencies," says Colonial Pipeline still.

The group stated on Saturday that the incident involved a "ransomware" or ranks, a code that operates safety flaws to encrypt the computer systems and demand a ransom to unlock them.

"For the moment, our main objective is the safe and effective restoration of our services to return to normal operation," added colonial pipeline that says "work diligently to solve this problem and minimize disturbances".

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The largest gasoline pipeline on the East Coast, and the US in general, was shut down on Friday after its operator struggled to contain a cyberattack which threatened its systems. The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which is the single largest refined-products pipeline in the United States , halted transit as If the closure persists further into the weekend or even early next week, it’s very likely to send gasoline prices soaring. The last time there was a significant shutdown of Colonial’s lines was during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, which shot spot Gulf Coast gasoline prices to a five-year high and diesel to near a

Cyber Attack Shuts Down Vital Fuel Pipeline To Northeast U . S . The Colonial Pipeline, which carries almost half of the East Coast’s gasoline , shuttered its network overnight due to a The origins of the attack are unclear, but the shutdown comes as the United States grapples with a mounting threat of

Colonial Pipeline is the largest oil pipeline operator in the United States, carrying more than 380 million liters of fuel oil daily to the northeastern country. This company carries almost 45% of fuels consumed on the American coast.

CISA, the US Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Safety Agency, is "in contact with the company and other partners within the institutions in this case", said an assistant director Eric Goldstein at AFP, According to a spokesman.

The incident "highlights the threat posed by the ranks (" ransomwares ") for organizations, regardless of their size or sector where they operate," added the CISA manager in an email.

"We encourage each organization to take steps to strengthen its cybersecurity to reduce its exposure to such threats," he said.

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According to Andy Lipow, an oil market specialist and president of the Consulting Cabinet Lipow Oil Associates, "The most affected area is going to be that of Baltimore-Washington as well as Carolines, Georgia and Alabama "

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On Friday night, the largest U . S . gas pipeline announced it had halted its operations after it discovered it was targeted in a cyber attack . The pipeline provides about 45 percent of the fuel supply along the east coast and southern United States . In a company statement Friday night, Colonial Pipeline said, “On May 7, the Colonial In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems.” According to Bloomberg, Colonial Pipeline operates the largest gasoline and diesel pipeline system in the U . S .

The largest gasoline pipeline on the East Coast, and the US in general, was shut down on Friday after its operator struggled to contain a cyberattack which threatened its systems. The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which is the single largest refined-products pipeline in the United States , halted transit as If the closure persists further into the weekend or even early next week, it’s very likely to send gasoline prices soaring. The last time there was a significant shutdown of Colonial’s lines was during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, which shot spot Gulf Coast gasoline prices to a five-year high and diesel to near a

"This is not a problem that affects the whole country but rather the Mid-Atlantic region and part of the Southeast," he said to AFP.

"The impact will depend on how long it lasts. The pipeline delivers refined products every five days," Lipow explained.

"If the pipeline is closed for one or two days, it is a minor problem. If it remains out of service four or five days, we will have shortages in the terminals that will begin to affect the service stations ", he added.

Not to mention airports. Beyond four to five days, the airports of Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte or Nashville will have to decide how to feed in kerosene so that airlines can keep their flight programs again. Lipow.

Several computer attacks have shaken the United States in recent months, including SOLARWINDS massive hacking, a computer management software publisher, which has compromised thousands of US government's computer networks. The Biden administration accused Russia to be responsible for it which led to financial penalties against Moscow and the expulsion of diplomats.

"If Sunday evening, when the opened oil futures market, the pipeline is still closed, the price of the barrel will rise from 3 to 5 cents," said Lipow.

Friday, the American barrel of WTI for the month of June, had earned 0.29% at $ 64.90 while some operators had already had a technical problem at Colonial Pipeline.vmt / UH

Who is Darkside, the gang of hackers behind the cyberattack against colonial pipeline? .
© AFP - Nicolas Asfouri Computer Hackers introduced a "Ransomware", a "Ranking Software", in the servers of the Colonial Pipeline. The American Colonial Pipeline company, which holds and manages the largest oil pipeline, has since been a massive cyber attack, threatening the fuel supply of the east coast. Behind this attack, a gang of computerized hackers well organized: Darkside.

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