Colonial Pipeline says operations are back to normal after a ransomware attack


Colonial Pipeline said Saturday that all of its systems are back to normal, including the pipeline that was shut down a week ago in a ransomware attack. The pipeline now serves all of its markets, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the company tweeted. Colonial carries 45 percent of the fuel supplies for the eastern United States.

The company has reportedly paid a $ 5 million ransom to DarkSide, the group responsible for the incident. DarkSide has since apologized for the “social ramifications” of the attack, including fuel shortages in many of the markets serving the 5,500-mile pipeline.

It remains unclear which parts of the colonial pipeline were at risk, but a company spokesperson suggested that it did not appear that the company’s operational systems had been compromised.

Colonial said on Twitter that it has “meaningfully” invested in its IT and cybersecurity, saying it would “continue to put security and system integrity first”.

According to CNBC, there are still fuel shortages in many of the markets affected pipeline serves; it reported that 80 percent of gas stations in Washington DC were still running out of fuel as of Saturday morning.