The work of the largest Colonial pipeline in the United States has been suspended due to a cyberattack, according to the official website of the Colonial Pipeline Co.
“The Colonial Pipeline Company learned that it was the victim of a cyberattack. In response, we preemptively shut down certain systems to contain a threat that temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems, ” the report said.
The company stressed that it has already engaged a “leading third-party cybersecurity firm”, and law enforcement and other federal agencies of the country were informed about the incident.
The Colonial Pipeline is the largest oil pipeline in the United States, delivering fuel from factories on the Gulf Coast to the East Coast of the country. Every day, the pipeline transports about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast.
In 2020, a large-scale cyberattack was recorded through the software company SolarWind, as a result of which several US federal agencies were affected.