A system that digitally processes customer transactions for a major pipeline network in the U.S. was shut down Monday after a cyber attack.
The electronic data interchange provided by third-party Energy Services Group LLC for Energy Transfer Partners’s natural gas pipeline system was attacked Monday and will be hobbled until “further notice,” Energy Transfer said in a notice to shippers.
The shutdown could affect a network of major pipelines owned by subsidiaries, including Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, which owns lines from Michigan to Texas, Transwestern Pipeline Company and Rover Pipeline. The EDI system, designed to cut costs and boost speed, is used to conduct business through a computer-to-computer exchange of documents.
Though it’s not clear who was responsible for the attack, it comes after U.S. officials warned in March that Russian hackers are conducting a broad assault on the nation’s electric grid and other targets. Last month, Atlanta’s municipal government was hobbled for several days by a ransomware attack.Read more by clicking here.
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