One of America’s most important energy pipelines shut down on May 7, due to a cyberattack which hit its computer systems.
The Colonial Pipeline distributes vital supplies of petroleum products, carrying around 2.5 million barrels of product per day.
According to Colonial Pipeline, the incident is a ransomware attack, with the company having taken certain systems offline to contain the threat.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is now investigating the attack, helping Colonial in the meantime to restore its operations.
According to The New York Times, the incident is being treated as a criminal ransomware attack. In addition, reports allege that the attack was conducted by Darkside.