Colonial Pipeline Admits Shippers' Comms System Is "Experiencing Network Issues"

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 10:42 AM

Update (1120ET): Colonial Pipeline has issued a brief statement:

"Colonial is currently experiencing network issues impacting customers' ability to enter and update nominations.

Our internal IT department is aware of the situation and working diligently to restore service".

How long before they admit this is a hack?

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Just two weeks after the Colonial Pipeline was hacked, causing chaotic scenes amid gas shortages as the massive U.S. fuel system, and subsequently, allegedly, paid the ransomware attackers off, shippers on the pipeline's platform say the communications system is now down.

As Bloomberg reports, the system that allows customers to nominate and make changes to their batches of fuel traveling through the system has been inaccessible as of Tuesday morning, according to shippers on the line, asking not to be identified because the information isn’t public.

Oil prices briefly blipped higher on the headline...

And of course it prompted some social media responses:

This comes on the same day that President Biden proposes adding billions of dollars tied to improving cybersecurity to his infrastructure proposal.