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Cyberattack shuts down U.S.’s largest refined fuel pipeline

The Colonial Pipeline is the largest refined product pipeline in the United States, transporting over 100 million gallons per day.


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The main pipeline that carries gasoline and diesel fuel to the east coast of the United States was closed by its operators after a cyberattack.

Colonial Pipeline, which operates a 5,500-mile colonial pipeline system that transports fuel from the Gulf Coast refinery to the New York metropolitan area, learned on Friday that it was the victim of an attack and said, “Offline certain systems. Includes a threat that has temporarily stopped all pipeline operations. “

The company said it had contracted with a third-party cybersecurity company to help with the issue, which affected some IT systems, and contacted federal and law enforcement agencies.

The Colonial Pipeline is the largest refined product pipeline in the United States, transporting more than 100 million gallons per day, or about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast, according to the company’s website. It supplies fuels such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and kerosene, and also serves US military facilities.

“At this point, our main focus is on the safe and efficient restoration of services and our efforts to return to normal operation,” the company said in a statement. “This process is already underway and we are working hard to address this issue and minimize confusion to our customers.”

Write to Miguel Bustillo (miguel.bustillo@wsj.com)

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Cyberattack shuts down U.S.’s largest refined fuel pipeline

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