CYBERATTACK: 45% of East Coast fuel shuts down after major online attack

A major pipeline system that stretches from Texas to New Jersey was shut down Saturday after a massive cyberattack crippled the crucial fuel supply line.

Pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline said they shut down their system after a ransomware attack was discovered. This type of cyberattack locks down systems until payment is given.

CNBC reports that the system carries “2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined products through 5,500 miles.” No entity has been found responsible yet.

The company says they supply nearly half of the Eastern United States’ oil and fuel.

“On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline Company learned it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack. 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 already launched an investigation into the nature and scope of this incident, which is ongoing. We have contacted law enforcement and other federal agencies,” the statement said.