Colonial Pipeline is working to resume operations following a cyber-attack that forced the corporation to shut down its systems, jeopardising the supply of refined petroleum products to gas stations throughout the United States’ eastern seaboard.
Colonial has engaged a third-party cybersecurity company to investigate and has approached law enforcement and other federal agencies. Colonial operates the largest fuel and diesel pipeline system in the United States. The business said in a statement late Friday that it is attempting to reduce consumer disruption.
On Saturday, the company did not immediately respond to a phone call or an email seeking additional comment.
Requests for comment from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency were not immediately returned.
The White House has responded with a proposal to try to improve the protection of utilities and their suppliers as hacking threats to critical infrastructure have grown.
The first phase of the campaign, which began on April 20, would focus on security flaws in the electrical grid before moving on to other sectors such as gas pipelines and water utilities.
Pipelines are an increasing source of concern because they are vital to so many aspects of the American economy. From the Gulf Coast to Linden, New Jersey, the Colonial artery will carry 2.5 million barrels of refined petroleum products every day. From Houston to New York, it provides oil, diesel, and jet fuel to fuel distributors and airports.
Gasoline futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 1.32 cents to $2.1269 per gallon on Friday.