The FBI announced on Twitter on Sunday that it was aware of “network disruptions” to the colonial pipeline, which is one of the largest in the country and transports fuel across the East Coast.
The agency said it learned of the incident on Friday and agents “are working closely with the company and our government partners.”
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Reports describe the breach as a ransomware attack that highlights the potential vulnerability of the country̵
(The Biden administration issued new sanctions against the Russians and their assets in response to the hack, which involved more than 250 federal agencies and businesses compromised.)
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The Wall Street Journal reports that the colonial pipeline attack forced the company to close its 5,500-mile gas line. The newspaper reported that there was no evidence as to who was behind the attack. There are unconfirmed reports that the attack was carried out by a group of cybercriminals known as DarkSide.
“They are very new, but very organized,” Lior Div, CEO of Cybereason, a security company, told ABC.Net.Au. “Looks like someone who was there did that.”
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The magazine, citing security officials, said the United States has about 2.5 million miles of pipelines and all are vulnerable to attacks. The attack is unlikely to affect gasoline supplies and prices unless it leads to a prolonged shutdown of the pipeline, experts say.
Curtis Smith, a spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell, the owner of the colonial pipeline, told a newspaper it was too early to be “specific about the potential impacts on product flow”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report