Energy Secretary provides update on Colonial Pipeline restart

Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 6:43 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Colonial Pipeline has initiated the restart of pipeline operations after a cyberattack shut down operations and caused days of gas supply issues in the eastern United States.

The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of the fuel used along the Eastern Seaboard, shut down Friday after a ransomware attack by a gang of criminal hackers that calls itself DarkSide.

Colonial Pipeline, the owner, halted all pipeline operations over the weekend, forcing what the company called a precautionary shutdown. U.S. officials said Monday that the “ransomware” malware used in the attack didn’t spread to the critical systems that control the pipeline’s operation.

Department of Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm says the administration has been working with Colonial Pipeline to address the attack.

“We’ve been on the phone with Colonial ever since Friday night when the ransomware attack was first discovered,” said Granholm. “They have done a very thorough review of their operating system, their IT system. They feel comfortable now in partnership with the FBI and in partnership with our experts inside the federal government, that there is no more ransomware.”

According to Colonial Pipeline, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period.

You can read a statement from Colonial Pipeline here.

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