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US White House declares state of emergency over pipeline shut down after cyberattack

05:50  10 may  2021
05:50  10 may  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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The White House on Sunday declared a state of emergency in 17 states and the District of Columbia in response to the shutdown of one of the largest pipelines in the U.S., which supplies around 45 percent of fuel consumed by the East Coast.

a boat sitting on top of a metal fence: White House declares state of emergency over pipeline shut down after cyberattack © Courtesy Colonial Pipeline White House declares state of emergency over pipeline shut down after cyberattack

The regional emergency declaration from the U.S. Department of Transportation lifts restrictions for motor carriers and drivers who are providing assistance to areas that are suffering a shortages of "gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products" in the wake of the Colonial pipeline shutdown.

Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack

  Major US pipeline halts operations after ransomware attack WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is working with the Georgia-based company that shut down a major pipeline transporting fuel across the East Coast after a ransomware attack, the White House says. The government is planning for various scenarios and working with state and local authorities on measures to mitigate any potential supply issues, officials said Saturday. The attack is unlikely to affect gasoline supply and prices unless it leads to a prolonged shutdown, experts said. Colonial Pipeline did not say what was demanded or who made the demand.

The regional emergency declaration affects the following territories: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The declaration grants drivers and carriers relief from "Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein."

These regulations are reinstated once a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used for interstate commerce that does not provide assistance to help the shortage.

"Upon termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts related to the shortages of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products due to the shutdown, partial shutdown and/or manual operation of the Colonial pipeline system in the Affected States, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399," the declaration read.

What we know about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware cyberattack

  What we know about the Colonial Pipeline ransomware cyberattack What we know about the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack. The latest on who is behind it, how it could impact gas prices and more. Colonial Pipeline said on Saturday that it was the victim of a cyberattack involving ransomware and had "proactively" halted all pipeline operations as a result. The 5,500-mile pipeline system transports approximately 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast, according to its website, and runs from Texas to New Jersey.

Carriers or drivers who are subject to an out-of-service are not eligible for the relief granted by the declaration.

The emergency declaration will stay in effect until the emergency is over or until 11:59 p.m. ET, June 8, 2021.

Colonial Pipeline said Friday it was shutting down more than 5,000 miles of pipeline after a ransomware attack on its system. Experts have warned that gas prices may begin to rise if the pipeline is not operational within the next few days. As of Sunday, the pipeline has been out of operation for three days.

On Sunday it was reported that the investigation into the cyberattack that shut down the pipeline had been linked to a criminal ransomware gang called Dark Horse.

EXPLAINER: What's next for pipelines after Colonial hack .
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s largest fuel pipeline is flowing again after the company that runs it it was hit by a gang of hackers. But long lines remain at gas stations throughout the Southeast. That's because drivers are buying more gasoline then they need, draining supplies at filling stations. Plus, there are logistical hurdles slowing fuel deliveries of fuel from the Colonial Pipeline. The incident was one of a series of wake-up calls about the growing threat hackers pose to the nation's critical infrastructure.

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