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Cyberattack forces closure of major US pipeline


A major cyberattack has forced one of America’s largest pipelines to temporarily shut down its pipeline that distributes of gasoline and jet fuel along America’s east coast.

Breitbart provides the details:

Colonial Pipeline shut down its 5,500 miles of pipeline, which runs from Texas to New York, late Friday by the operator, according to a statement.

The cyberattack forced the shutdown of one of the largest pipelines in the United States, according to the New York Times. This appeared to be a significant attempt in order to disrupt vulnerable energy infrastructure since the pipeline carries refined gasoline and jet fuel up the East Coast.

The Times reports, the pipeline carries 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel supplies, which equates to 2.5 million barrels each day. In the efforts to contain the breach on the computer’s network, the operator shut the system down. Reportedly, earlier Friday, there were disruptions along the pipeline, but it was unclear whether that was a direct result of the attack.

READ: Cyberattack Forces a Shutdown of a Major U.S. Pipeline Operator

Though, many would be quick to blame foreign operatives like Communist China, North Korea or Russia, I am leaning more to the environmental fanatics. You know the kind that would allegedly try to sabotage rail lines in Washington State, to protest the building of oil pipelines across the border in Canada. READ: 2 Leftist Women Arrested On Charges Of Terrorist Attack on a Railroad AND from the Justice Department Pair charged with interfering with safety on railroad tracks

Well we finally know who did it. READ: Cyber Criminal Gang Claims Responsibility for Pipeline Attack as East Coast Prepares for Fuel Shortages

RELATED: Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom: Sources

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