Major US pipeline shut by ransomware attack

Major US pipeline shut by ransomware attack
The Colonial Pipeline serves millions of customers on the East Coast, including Washington Dulles International Airport

Washington (AFP) - The largest fuel pipeline system in the United States was forced to shut down its entire network after a ransomware attack, the operating company said in a statement Saturday. The Colonial Pipeline Company ships gasoline and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast of Texas to the populous East Coast through 5,500 miles (8,850 kilometers) of pipeline, serving 50 million consumers. It said it had been "the victim of a cybersecurity attack" which involved ransomware -- attacks that encrypt computer systems and seek to extract payments from operators. "In response, we proactively took cert...

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