The Colonial Pipeline in the United States, attacked by hackers, did not pass security checks last year due to remote work during the pandemic. However, it is not known whether such a check could have prevented a hacker attack. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal with reference to a representative of the Colonial Pipeline.
When the US Transportation Security Administration requested an audit, the company offered to conduct it remotely due to restrictions during the pandemic. Meanwhile, such inspections require a physical inspection of important pipeline components, a company spokesman said.
At the same time, as the publication notes, it is not known whether the checks would have been able to prevent hackers from attacking the company’s systems. The company Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline operator in the United States, was previously subjected to a cyber-attack by the DarkSide ransomware program. Because of the attack, the company shut down some systems. The pipeline downtime has led to higher wholesale gasoline prices in the United States, disruptions at gas stations, and flight delays. The company had to make concessions to the extortionists and pay them five million dollars to get the key to their data.