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“May 9, 2021
FBI Statement on Network Disruption at Colonial Pipeline
May 10, 2021 update: The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks. We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation.
Original May 9, 2021 statement:
The FBI was notified of a network disruption at Colonial Pipeline on May 7, 2021. We are working closely with the company and our government partners“. https://www.fbi. gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-statement-on-network-disruption-at-colonial-pipeline
Even their web site for news releases appears to be down. This is from archives:
“Media Statement Update: Colonial Pipeline System Disruption Update — Monday, May 10, 12:25 p.m.
Colonial Pipeline continues to dedicate vast resources to restoring pipeline operations quickly and safely. Segments of our pipeline are being brought back online in a stepwise fashion, in compliance with relevant federal regulations and in close consultation with the Department of Energy, which is leading and coordinating the Federal Government’s response.
Restoring our network to normal operations is a process that requires the diligent remediation of our systems, and this takes time. In response to the cybersecurity attack on our system, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. To restore service, we must work to ensure that each of these systems can be brought back online safely.
While this situation remains fluid and continues to evolve, the Colonial operations team is executing a plan that involves an incremental process that will facilitate a return to service in a phased approach. This plan is based on a number of factors with safety and compliance driving our operational decisions, and the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week. The Company will provide updates as restoration efforts progress.
We continue to evaluate product inventory in storage tanks at our facilities and others along our system and are working with our shippers to move this product to terminals for local delivery. Actions taken by the Federal Government to issue a temporary hours of service exemption for motor carriers and drivers transporting refined products across Colonial’s footprint should help alleviate local supply disruptions and we thank our government partners for their assistance in resolving this matter.
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 of the traveling public and the support we have received from the Federal Government and our peers throughout the industry.
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Sunday, May 9, 5:10 p.m.
On May 7, Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack and has since determined that the incident involved ransomware. Quickly after learning of the attack, Colonial proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat. These actions temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems, which we are actively in the process of restoring.
Leading, third-party cybersecurity experts were also immediately engaged after discovering the issue and launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident. We have remained in contact with law enforcement and other federal agencies, including the Department of Energy who is leading the Federal Government response.
Maintaining the operational security of our pipeline, in addition to safely bringing our systems back online, remain our highest priorities. Over the past 48 hours, Colonial Pipeline personnel have taken additional precautionary measures to help further monitor and protect the safety and security of its pipeline.
The Colonial Pipeline operations team is developing a system restart plan. While our mainlines (Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4) remain offline, some smaller lateral lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational. 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.
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.
Saturday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.
On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. We have since determined that this incident involves ransomware. In response, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems. Upon learning of the issue, a leading, third-party cybersecurity firm was engaged, and they have launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident, which is ongoing. We have contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies.
Colonial Pipeline is taking steps to understand and resolve this issue. At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation. This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers and those who rely on Colonial Pipeline.” https://archive.md/2021.05.10-182658/https://www.colpipe.com/news/press-releases/media-statement-colonial-pipeline-system-disruption
“Risch on Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack
May 10, 2021
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) released the following statement regarding the recently disclosed ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, a major component of U.S. critical energy infrastructure:
“Americans are about to start feeling the fallout from the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. A full shutdown of the pipeline that serves 50 million Americans is going to have severe implications for a long time,” said Risch. “The Department of Energy is responsible for responding to this attack, yet the administration still has not even put forward a nominee to lead CESER, its cybersecurity office. We need to prioritize hardening our cyber defenses and creating a comprehensive U.S. cybersecurity strategy. That begins with stepping up and filling the vacant assistant secretary role at CESER without delay.”
Background: With senior positions on the Senate Energy and Intelligence committees, Risch is actively engaged on cybersecurity issues. During the 116th Congress, Risch and U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) introduced legislation to protect the U.S. energy grid, which was later signed into law as part of the FY 2020 NDAA.
In March 2021, Risch and King led a bipartisan letter urging Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to maintain the current leadership structure at the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) and appoint an assistant secretary to lead the agency. https://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=3A5EC11D-B940-4825-8509-1C527B637569
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Notice her first concern is for the East Coast, who are consumers and not producers, as well as more likely Biden voters. And, the Dems want millions more immigrants per year, illegal and legal, to consume more oil and gas, all while pretending that they are environmentalists and pretending that they are “green”:
“Statement by Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Colonial Pipeline Incident MAY 10, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES
The President continues to be regularly briefed on the Colonial Pipeline incident.
The Administration is continually assessing the impact of this ongoing incident on fuel supply for the East Coast. We are monitoring supply shortages in parts of the Southeast and are evaluating every action the Administration can take to mitigate the impact as much as possible.
The President has directed agencies across the Federal Government to bring their resources to bear to help alleviate shortages where they may occur.” ###https://www.whitehouse. gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/05/10/statement-by-press-secretary-jen-psaki-on-the-colonial-pipeline-incident/