The F.B.I. on Monday Approved that DarkSide, a hacking group, was responsible for the ransomware attack that shut down a US pipeline that supplies almost half of its gasoline and jet fuel to the east coast.
Confirmation of the hack that resulted in emergency White House meetings over the weekend comes as the Biden administration is expected to announce an executive order to strengthen America’s cyberdefense infrastructure in the coming days.
Colonial Pipeline, the operator of the system, made a statement on Monday Restoring the service “takes time”. They added that while this situation “remains fluid and evolving,” the company will be gradually restoring service with the aim of “substantially” restoring service by the end of the week.
Late Friday, Colonial said in a vaguely worded statement that the company had shut down its 5,500-mile pipeline, which carries 45 percent of the east coast’s fuel supplies, to contain the breach. There was disruption along the pipeline earlier in the day, but it was not clear at the time whether this was a direct result of the attack or the company’s efforts to proactively stop it.