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Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it “would only bring our entire system back online if we believed it was safe and fully complied with approval of all federal regulations”.
Colonial also confirmed that hackers were using ransomware to shut down their internal computer business networks. As a precautionary measure, this prompted the company to shut down the systems that control the pipeline. It has brought in third-party cybersecurity companies and is trying to restore its IT system, the Georgia-based company said.
The White House has not yet publicly commented on the situation, but the Department of Transportation enacted exemptions on Sunday that allow tanker truck drivers in 17 states along the pipeline route to go past the normal 11-hour driving limit per day due to the shutdown work .
“At the moment everything is on deck,” said Minister of Commerce Gina Raimondo of the government’s reaction during a television interview on Sunday. “And we’re working closely with the company, state, and local officials to make sure they do.” Resume normal operation as soon as possible and there will be no disruptions to the supply. “
In its order, DOT said the move was “to address the emergency conditions that require immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products”.
The attack that the hacking group Darkside landed on Colonial is believed to be the largest publicly announced successful attack on US infrastructure. It managed to stop shipping millions of barrels of gasoline, diesel and other fuels per day from refineries along the Gulf Coast in states from Mississippi to New York.
Legislators have pointed to the successful cyber attack on one of the country’s major arteries to prove that both government and private companies need to significantly improve their cybersecurity measures.