A COMPANY that operates a major US energy pipeline says it was forced to temporarily halt all pipeline operations following a cybersecurity attack.
Colonial Pipeline said the attack took place Friday and also affected some of its information technology systems.
The company describes itself as the largest refined products pipeline in the United States.
It says it’s responsible for transporting more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily, through a pipeline system spanning more than 5,500 miles between Texas and New Jersey.
The Alpharetta, Georgia-based company said it hired an outside cybersecurity firm to investigate the nature and scope of the attack and has also contacted law enforcement and federal agencies.
In a statement, the firm said: “Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue.
“At this time, our primary focus is the 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 address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.”
The precise nature of the incident was unclear, including who launched the attack and what the motives were.
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