The Colonial fuel pipeline that was crippled by a ransomware attack late on Friday hasn’t suffered damage and can be brought back online “relatively quickly” a White House official said on Monday.
“Right now there is not a supply shortage,” Deputy National Security Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall told reporters in a briefing. Beginning last week, soon after we learned of the shutdown, the White House convened an interagency team that included the Department of Energy, which is the lead agency for incident response in this case; the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency — or “CISA”; the FBI; the Department of Transportation Pipeline Safety and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; the Department of the Treasury; the Department of Defense; and other agencies.
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The FBI confirmed Monday that ransomware made by a group known as DarkSide was used in the attack. The group posted a message on its dark web page suggesting an affiliate was behind the attack and that it would vet buyers of its ransomware in the future to ‘avoid social consequences’. “We are apolitical. We do not participate in geopolitics,” the message says. “Our goal is to make money and not creating problems for society. From today, we introduce moderation and check each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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