Colonial Pipeline, which supplies about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast, halted operations late last week after revealing a ransomware attack it said had affected some of its systems. On Monday, the FBI identified a criminal syndicate named DarkSide as the creators of the ransomware used in the attack. The group members are Russian speakers and their malware is coded so as not to attack networks using Russian keyboards.
“No cyber gang in Russia can carry out this type of attack on critical American infrastructure without the tacit or explicit knowledge of the government of Vladimir Putin,” said Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Member of the committee of Senate intelligence. , told “Fox News Primetime” Monday night. “It shows that Joe Biden’s weak policy towards Russia has consequences for the American people.
“When you turn the store over to Russia, when you extend a nuclear weapons treaty that favors Russia over the United States, you allow Russia to build a gas pipeline to Germany under the Baltic Sea, when you invite Vladimir Putin at a summit… you just have to encourage Vladimir Putin and his henchmen to launch these kinds of attacks against the United States… ”Cotton added.
“The [Biden] Vladimir Putin calls him a killer once, and he acts like he’s a badass. Democrats have been fighting Russia for the past four years, but as soon as Joe Biden took office they returned to their weak, accommodating roots once again … we should immediately tackle if that is what he is. takes to get Russia. to shoot his horns.
Anne Neuberger, the White House’s deputy national security adviser for cyberattack and emerging technologies, told reporters on Monday that the Biden administration did not blame any country for the cyberattack. DarkSide itself has posted a statement on its dark website claiming that its goal “is to make money, not to create problems for society.”
The Colonial Pipeline crosses 12 states between Texas and New Jersey and plays a key role in transporting gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and other petroleum products.
Former Texas Governor and Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the forced shutdown should serve as a “wake-up call” for President Biden to “build more pipelines instead of shutting them down.”
“I’m pretty sure the Clinton administration, the Bush administration, the Obama administration, have all worked to make America independent from other countries’ oil and gas,” Perry told Fox’s “Hannity.” News. “And we did it under the Trump administration. We have not only become independent, we have become dominant, and this administration wants to do away with that and stop building pipelines. “
In the same program, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for legislation to raise cyber attacks to the same level as terrorist attacks.
“We must immediately pass a law that makes this type of piracy punishable by death, and the law should include a provision that the president, through legal process, should be able to order the murder. of anyone overseas who does, ”Gingrich said. “I mean, we’ve now spent about 15 years in defense. We have no idea who they are, we have no idea where they are, and if we knew who they were, we wouldn’t have any mechanism to do anything. A great country cannot allow people to come in and mow it down, have no consequences, and then wait for the next attack, and yet that is literally where we are now.
Colonial Pipeline announced Monday evening that its Line 4, which runs from Greensboro, NC to Woodbine, Md., Was operating under manual control “for a limited period of time while existing inventory is available … a few smaller laterals. between terminals and delivery points. are now also operational. “
The company said earlier Monday that it expected to “substantially” restore service by the end of this week.
With pole wires