As a precaution, certain systems have been taken offline, so that all pipelines are now closed.
Colonial cannot say how long the shutdown will take. The company also did not provide further details about the attack. An independent cybersecurity company has been hired to investigate the attack. The company has also contacted the police and other federal agencies.
Colonial supplies the United States with gasoline, diesel, kerosene and other petroleum products every day through a network of nearly 6,000 miles of pipeline. The oil comes from the Gulf Coast, the southern states of the Gulf of Mexico and is distributed from there to the rest of the country.
Shutting down the pipelines could have consequences for the pump in the long term, experts say. When Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in 2017, Colonial operations also largely had to shut down. At the time, this resulted in a significant price increase for petrol and diesel from that region.
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