Ransomware attack forces shutdown of largest fuel pipeline in the U.S.
Colonial Pipeline, the operator of the America’s largest fuel pipeline, fell victim to a cybersecurity attack on Friday 7 May that involved ransomware, forcing it to temporarily shut down all pipeline operations. Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a victim's files.
The attacker then demands a ransom from the victim to restore access to the data upon payment.
The attack on Colonial Pipeline means that there could be potential sporadic outages if a specific terminal was relying on a delivery in the coming days and is now delayed.