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May 10, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Statement on Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack

(Dallas, TX) – On Friday, the Colonial Pipeline Company was the target of a cyber attack which subsequently caused the company to shut down 5,500 miles of pipeline that services the East Coast. Today, the FBI confirmed that a hacking group called DarkSide was responsible for the attack.

“The Colonial Pipeline cyber attack remains an active threat to the nation’s energy security as fuel supplies remain stranded at refineries in Texas,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “I am pleased to learn Colonial Pipeline is working with the Department of Energy to bring the pipeline back online, and urge the operators to continue to work closely with DOE and other federal agencies to restore operations, bring the perpetrators to justice, and shore up their systems against future attacks. This episode underscores yet again how critical it is for public and private sector agents who enable critical infrastructure to observe the most up-to-date cyber hygiene practices that are informed by federal experts at NIST, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Energy.”