Colonial Pipeline: cyber attack draws attention to besieged US energy system. “Our goal is to make money and not creat[e] problems for society”, claim DarkSide, the hacking group behind the ransomware attack that shut down an essential US energy pipeline this weekend. The Colonial Pipeline normally transports 2.5m barrels daily of refined petroleum products from the US Gulf Coast to the densely populated east coast. The shutdown continued into Monday with worries that a prolonged outage could create supply shortages of petrol and jet fuel. The disturbance comes at an inopportune moment. Worries about rising energy prices already abound in the US. So do cyber threats. Their number highlight the vulnerabilities of American energy infrastructure.
FT 11th May 2021 read more »
President Biden said Moscow “has some responsibility” to deal with cyberattacks launched from its territory after authorities blamed a Russia-based criminal group for hacking a major US pipeline. The FBI confirmed yesterday that the group responsible for the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, which carries more than 100 million gallons of fuel from Texas to New Jersey, is DarkSide, a cybercrime collective that has hacked dozens of companies in the US and Europe.
Times 11th May 2021 read more »
Cyber attacks on the U.S. government have abruptly paused processing of benefit applications for workers who were sickened while working on nuclear weapons programs at Hanford and other Department of Energy sites, delaying aid to some dying workers, according to advocates. Without warning, advocates from the Alliance of Nuclear Workers Advocacy Group received notice late last Friday that effective Monday, a vital component of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program would be offline for two to four months.
Seattle Times 10th May 2021 read more »