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Colin Mc Hugo
Security Engineer Manager & CEO at Quantum Infinite Solutions Group Ltd.

U.S. Proposes $1 Million Fine on Colonial Pipeline for Safety Violations After Cyberattack

May 10, 2022
Colonial Pipeline

The United State Division of Transport’s Pipe and also Hazardous Products Security Management (PHMSA) has actually recommended a fine of almost $1 million to Colonial Pipe for breaking government security policies, aggravating the effect of the ransomware assault in 2014.

The $986,400 charge is the outcome of an assessment carried out by the regulatory authority of the pipe driver’s control space administration (CRM) treatments from January via November 2020.

The PHMSA said that “a potential failing to appropriately prepare and also get ready for hand-operated closure and also reactivate of its pipe system […] added to the nationwide effects when the pipe continued to be inactive after the Might 2021 cyberattack.”

Colonial Pipe, driver of the biggest united state gas pipe, was required to briefly take its systems offline following a DarkSide ransomware assault in very early Might 2021, interrupting gas supply and also motivating a local emergency situation statement throughout 17 states.

The case likewise saw the business paying out $4.4 million in ransom money to the cybercrime organization to restore accessibility to its local area network, although the united state federal government took care of to recoup a substantial portion of the electronic funds paid.

” The pipe closure influenced many refineries’ capacity to relocate polished item, and also supply scarcities developed wide-spread social effects long after the reactivate,” PHMSA stated in a Notification of Probable Offense and also Proposed Conformity Order.

” Colonial Pipe’s ad-hoc strategy towards factor to consider of a ‘hand-operated reactivate’ developed the possibility for enhanced threats to the pipe’s honesty along with extra hold-ups in reactivate, aggravating the supply concerns and also social effects.”

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