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Insights into how hackers infiltrated the colonial pipeline network
Joseph Blount, chief executive officer of Colonial Pipeline, told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the company believes cybercriminals gained access to their computer systems through a virtual private network that is no longer in use. use.
Just a month ago we were the victim of a ransomware attack by a cybercriminal group and that attack encrypted our IT systems. While the investigation is still ongoing and we believe that the attacker exploited the old VPN profile for no purpose, DarkSide requested a financial payment in exchange for the key to unlock the VPNs. system is affected. We had cyber defenses in place, but the unfortunate reality was that those defenses were compromised. We contacted federal authorities within hours of the attack, and they have continued to be a real ally as we work to restore our operations quickly and safely. I have made a payment decision and I have decided to keep the information about that payment as confidential as possible. It was the hardest decision I’ve made in my 39 years in the energy industry. And I know how important our pipeline is to the country. And I put the interests of the country first. I keep information closely because we are concerned about operational safety and security. And we want to focus on restoring and operating the pipeline. I believe with all my heart it was the right choice.
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