Foreign hackers shut down East Coast’s largest pipeline

Colonial Pipeline, which is responsible for 45% of the East Coast’s fuel, said it may not be back online until the end of the week. Analysts said it could affect prices and supplies for consumers.
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Now to the other news this Monday night and here in this country, the major cyber attack. Will it effect gas prices, airline fuel, military fuel? The attack targets America's largest pipeline. A Russian hacking ring is behind it. What president Biden is now saying, that ring demanding ransom, that pipeline supplying half of all fuel to the east coast. The company tonight shutting it down while they investigate. That pipeline, more than 5,500 miles, from Texas, as you can see there, all the way up to new Jersey, delivering about 100 million gallons of fuel a day. D could this shutdown soon effect what you pay at the pump? Here's our chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the nation in uncharted territory with a foreign hack which led to the shutting down of the east coast's largest pipeline for three days and counting. We are preparing for multiple possible contingencies. And considering what additional steps may be useful to mitigate any potential disruptions to supply. Reporter: Colonial pipeline, which is responsible for 45% of the east coast's fuel, says it may not be fully back online until the end of the week, which energy analysts say could potentially affect prices and supplies for millions of consumers. At some point in 24 to 48 hours, motorists are starting to see an uptick in the amount of stations that don't have fuel. It affects anyone that needs to drive a car to and from work, to and from school, to and from a store to get groceries. Reporter: Also potentially impacted -- diesel for trucks that carry many of the nation's goods and jet fuel for the region's airports. And a FEMA document obtained by ABC news raised the possibility that the hack could affect covid-19 transport. The FBI confirming today that a group of hackers based in Russia known as "Darkside" developed the so-called ransomware used in the attack. The goal? To extort money. There is evidence that the actors' ransomware is in Russia. They have some responsibility to deal with this. Reporter: While U.S. Intelligence has yet to develop evidence to tie Putin's Kremlin to the attack, some analysts emphasize tonight it's important not to rule anything out. U.S. Intelligence has said that these kinds of criminal gangs in eastern Europe and Russia are tied to Russian intelligence. So investigators are going to want to look for the fingerprints of Russian intelligence on this attack. So, let's get right to Pierre Thomas with us live tonight. And Pierre, this latest attack exposing just how vulnerable our infrastructure is in this country. We're still in the middle of another federal investigation hat you've been reporting on here of that Russian government cyber attack of some of the nation's top companies, federal agencies, they've been inside their computers for months. Where does that stand tonight? Reporter: David, it was nine months before the U.S. Government knew of that broad Russian attack known as solar and they are still, to this day, trying to mitigate its impact. Here in Washington, officials across government and congress are warning tonight that we have to do better, that this threat of hacking is growing and it's clear we're not prepared. David? All right, Pierre Thomas live in Washington. Pierre, thank you.

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