The Colonial Pipeline, one of the largest energy supply lines in the United States, was the subject of a cyber attack.
As a result, the supply of fuel through that pipeline is temporarily cut off. The incident raised concerns about the cybersecurity of major US government installations.
A CNN report on Saturday claimed that the cyberattack on the colonial pipeline took place on Friday evening, local time. The pipeline supplies more than 100 million gallons of gasoline and other fuels daily from Houston, Texas to New York.
A statement from the pipeline company said it shut down some systems to control cyber attacks. As a result, all pipeline activities were temporarily suspended. This damages their computer system.
A third-party cybersecurity company was hired to investigate the incident, The Colonial pipeline company She said. Additionally, law enforcement and other federal agencies were contacted.
The colonial oil pipeline was built in 1962. Its length is over 5,500 miles. About 45% of the East Coast’s energy needs are supplied through this pipeline. It has two power lines. Gasoline is supplied to one. The other is powered by diesel and jet fuel.
Earlier, in 2016, Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast, but the supply of fuel through the colonial pipeline was temporarily cut off. Previously, it had been closed for 11 days in September 2016 due to an underground pipeline leak and a fire in Alabama in November.
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