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On Friday May 07 a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipelines shut down gas delivery in the Eastern United States. Colonial Pipelines is the largest USA pipeline and the Administration is scrambling to substitute delivery by oil tankers on land and sea.
Colonial Pipeline halted all operations on its systems and 5,500 miles of pipeline. It is now working to restore operations. It appears the attack was by a group called DarkSide located somewhere in Eastern Europe.
Ransomware is a type of cyberattack in which the attacker removes files and encrypts your hard drives. A ransom is demanded for returning the files or decrypting the hard drives. While ransomware started on a small scale attacking individuals, today it targets large organizations and demands ransoms in millions of dollars. Recent targets have been several large cities.
Utilities like oil and gas are vulnerable because as the Internet became more useful they failed to firewall their operational systems from administrative ones. Realistically the two systems should never be interconnected.