Cyberattack forces shutdown of major US gas pipeline

Colonial Pipeline says hackers demanding a ransom forced the company to shut down its 5,500 mile line which supplies 45% of fuel to the East Coast.
2:09 | 05/10/21

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Now to that massive cyberattack forcing the shutdown of a critical pipeline that delivers nearly half of all the fuel delivered to the east coast. Elwyn Lopez is on the ground in Marietta, Georgia, including the possible impact on gas prices. Good morning, elwyn. Reporter: Michael, good morning. A major security breach on a vital pipeline network. Take a look at these massive tanks from above. Experts are calling this cyberattack one of the largest disruptions by hackers to critical U.S. Infrastructure. This morning, the clock is ticking to restore one of the nation's largest fuel pipelines. The colonial pipeline company says after hackers hit its system on Friday demanding a ransom, it was forced to shut down its 5,500 pipeline which brings more than half of the fuel to the east coast. Stretching from Texas to new Jersey. The Biden administration issuing emergency transportation waivers to 18 states to help offset the impact, but experts fear gas prices could start rising as soon as today, and a FEMA document reviewed by ABC news warns the shutdown could affect the covid-19 vaccine supply chain. It's not like you can just turn these computers back on again. They are infected. It's going to take time, and that means they will begin to see shortages at the pump, begin to see higher gas prices and disruptions across the northeast United States. Reporter: Smaller lines are back online, but the main system is still down. Sources tell ABC news preliminary reports suggest the culprit is an eastern European criminal organization dubbed darkside. And federal officials this morning are actively trying to determine whether a foreign nation was also involved, and colonial pipelines also provides jet fuel to airports and that could lead to disruptions in air travel. Elwyn, thank you so much.

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