Cyber attack cripples pipeline operations in US
ALPHARETTA, Georgia, USA (AP) – A company operating a major pipeline in the United States announced that it was forced to temporarily halt all pipeline operations following a hacker attack.
In a statement, the Colonial Pipeline reported that the attack occurred on Friday and also affected some of its computer systems.
The company said it has hired an external cybercity firm to investigate the nature and scope of the attack and has also contacted law enforcement and federal agencies.
“The Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve the issue,” the company said in a statement late Friday. “At this time, our primary focus is on safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway and we are working diligently to resolve the matter and minimize disruption for our customers and those who rely on the Colonial Pipeline.
The Georgia-based company, Alpharetta, stated on its page that it operates the largest refined products pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 360 million liters of fuel (100 million gallons) a day, primarily to the south and In the eastern United States.
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