Ransomware Attack Shuts Down East Coast Pipeline

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The U.S. government issued emergency legislation May 9 after the largest fuel pipeline in the nation was hit by a ransomware cyberattack Friday, BBC News reported.

The Colonial Pipeline carries 2.5 million barrels a day – 45% of the East Coast’s diesel, petrol and jet fuel supply. The operator took itself offline May 7 after the cyberattack and is continuing work to restore service.

BBC News reported the government has relaxed rules on fuel being transported by road, meaning drivers in 18 states can work extra or flexible hours when transporting petroleum products.

Read the full story from BBC News here.

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