"F.B.I. Identifies Group Behind Pipeline Hack"

"The attack by DarkSide, a relatively new criminal group believed to have roots in Eastern Europe, exposed the remarkable vulnerability of key American infrastructure."

"President Biden said on Monday that the United States would “disrupt and prosecute” a criminal gang of hackers called DarkSide, which the F.B.I. formally blamed for a huge ransomware attack that has disrupted the flow of nearly half of the gasoline and jet fuel supplies to the East Coast.

The F.B.I., clearly concerned that the ransomware effort could spread, issued an emergency alert to electric utilities, gas suppliers and other pipeline operators to be on the lookout for code like the kind that locked up Colonial Pipelines, a private firm that controls the major pipeline carrying gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from the Texas Gulf Coast to New York Harbor.

The pipeline remained offline for a fourth day on Monday as a pre-emptive measure to keep the malware that infected the company’s computer networks from spreading to the control systems that run the pipeline. So far, the effects on gasoline and other energy supplies seem minimal, and Colonial said it hoped to have the pipeline running again by the end of this week."

David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth report for the New York Times May 10, 2021.


"U.S. Southeast Braces For Fuel Price Rises After Pipeline Shutdown" (Reuters)

"How the Colonial Pipeline Became a Vital Artery for Fuel" (New York Times)

"What We Know About the Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack" (New York Times)

"Colonial Pipeline Looking To 'Substantially Restore Operations By End Of Week" (USA TODAY)

Source: NYTimes, 05/11/2021