The US Department of Transportation has introduced a regional emergency (ES) regime in several states in connection with a cyberattack against the Colonial Pipeline pipeline company. reported on the website of the department.
In particular, the emergency mode is introduced in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, South Carolina and the metropolitan area Colombia.
The statement noted that the disaster was caused by an unexpected shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline system due to network problems, which affected the supply of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other refined products in the affected states. The declaration also speaks of the need for “immediate transportation” of these oil products.
Earlier, CNN reported that the attack on the American company Colonial Pipeline could have been carried out by a relatively recently created group of hackers from Russia, Darkside. The channel’s source noted that this group, as a rule, does not commit crimes on the territory of Russian-speaking countries. According to NBC, the Russian authorities had nothing to do with the attack.
Colonial Pipeline is the largest operator of the pipeline network for the supply of gasoline and diesel in the United States, due to a cyberattack, it was forced to shut down part of its systems. The company is currently working on rebuilding the work. She has already hired a third-party cybersecurity firm to investigate. She also contacted law enforcement agencies and other federal agencies. The company promised to minimize delays in the delivery of petroleum products to consumers.