Colonial Pipeline Struggles to Restart After Ransomware Attack

Operators of the Colonial Pipeline are struggling to get fuel flowing at normal capacity after a cyberattack forced a shutdown of distribution system, the largest refined products pipeline in the United States.

The Colonial Pipeline Company was the victim of a ransomware attack that triggered the company to halt all pipeline operations on Friday.

The company said Sunday evening that it was developing a system restart plan, but that some smaller lateral lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational. 

Colonial’s mainlines (Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4) remain offline as of Sunday night.

“We are in the process of restoring service to other laterals and will bring our full system back online only when we believe it is safe to do so, and in full compliance with the approval of all federal regulations,” the company said in a statement.

“At this time, our primary focus continues to be the safe and efficient restoration of service to our pipeline system, while minimizing disruption to our customers and all those who rely on Colonial Pipeline. We appreciate the patience and outpouring of support we have received from others throughout the industry.”

The Colonial Pipeline is the largest refined products pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily through a pipeline system that spans more than 5,500 miles between Houston, Texas and Linden, New Jersey. 

The pipeline operator is reportedly working with FireEye on the incident response and investigation. 

“The initial information available from Colonial Pipeline and the press coverage seems to indicate that they had the processes in place to detect and contai ..

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