According to foreign media reports, on Friday local time, colonial pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline operator in the United States, was attacked by blackmail software. For security reasons, the company took the initiative to close 5500 miles (8851km) of transportation pipelines, which may affect the normal lives of 50 million people.
Colonial pipeline said in a statement,On Friday, it suffered a cyber security attack from blackmail software, which forced it to temporarily close all transportation pipelines.A third-party cyber security company has been hired to investigate the incident and report it to law enforcement and other federal agencies.
According to the introduction of colonial pipeline website,The company operates the largest refined petroleum products pipeline in the United States, delivering about 2.5 million barrels and 100 million gallons of petroleum products a day.Products include natural gas, diesel, household heating oil and jet fuel. In addition, the pipeline also supplies the US military.
How large is the transportation pipeline of colonial pipeline? In short,Spanning 5500 miles between Texas and New Jersey, it connects refineries along the Gulf Coast with more than 50 million people in the South and east of the United States.
Interestingly, the US government announced a 100 day plan in April this year to protect the supply chain of the US power system from cyber attacks due to the fear that the power supply will be threatened by cyber attacks. This has just entered may, not long after the company suffered from cyber attacks.
At present, the impact of the closure of the fuel pipeline by colonial pipeline is not obvious. However, some experts pointed out that many power plants rely on fossil fuels for power generation, which may have little impact in one or two days, but the impact will be immeasurable after a long time.
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