Colonial Pipeline, the operator of an oil and gas Pipeline system that was forced to shut down on Friday due to a ransomware attack, said on Monday that it is not expected to be restored even substantially until the end of the week.
The company said in a statement, “While this situation remains fluid and continues to evolve, the Colonial operations team is executing a plan that involves an incremental process that will facilitate a return to service in a phased approach. This plan is based on a number of factors with safety and compliance driving our operational decisions, and the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week.”
Several airports that rely on the Pipeline for jet fuel, including those in Nashville, Baltimore-Washington, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., may face difficulties later this week, according to experts. Airports usually stock enough jet fuel to last three to five days. The attack was carried out by DarkSide, the hacking group, according to the FBI. The announcement of the hack comes as the Biden administration prepares to issue an executive order strengthening America’s cyber defence infrastructure in the coming days.