The ‘Colonial Pipeline’ one of the largest energy supply lines in the United States, has come under cyber attack.
As a result, the supply of fuel through that pipeline is temporarily shut down. The incident has raised concerns about the cybersecurity of key US government installations.
A CNN report on Saturday said the cyber attack on the colonial pipeline took place on Friday night, local time. The pipeline supplies more than 100 million gallons of gasoline and other fuels daily from Houston, Texas, to New York.
A statement from the pipeline company said they had shut down some systems to control cyber-attacks. As a result, all activities of the pipeline were temporarily stopped. This damages their IT system.
A third-party cybersecurity company has been hired to investigate the incident, The Colonial pipeline company said. In addition, law enforcement and other federal agencies have been contacted.
The colonial pipeline was built in 1962. Its length is more than 5,500 miles. About 45 percent of the East Coast’s energy demand is supplied through this pipeline. It has two supply lines. Gasoline is supplied to one. The other is supplied with diesel and jet fuel.
Earlier, in 2016, Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast, but the supply of fuel through the Colonial Pipeline was temporarily disrupted. Prior to that, it was closed for 11 days in September 2016 due to a leak in an underground pipeline and a fire in Alabama in November.