US orders oil and gas pipelines to take measures to prevent cyberattacks

Washington, Jul 20 (EFE) .- The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS, for its acronym in English) on Tuesday ordered the owners and operators of transportation channels of fuel or dangerous liquids to adopt “urgently” a series of measures to prevent cyber attacks.

In a statement, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which reports to DHS, issued a guideline that directs owners and operators of these facilities such as oil and gas pipelines to implement “specific mitigation measures to protect against attacks by ‘ ransomware ‘and other known threats’ to your systems.

He also urged them to develop contingency plans and review their cybersecurity design.

The secretary of national security, Alejandro Mayorkas, explained that through this directive, DHS wants the sector to “take the necessary measures to safeguard its operations from growing cyber threats.”

Last May, the main US pipeline, Colonial, was the target of a “ransomware” attack, as a program that hijacks user data in exchange for a ransom is known.

The cyber attack on Colonial forced the suspension of operations for a few days along 8,850 kilometers of oil pipelines that daily transport up to 2.5 million barrels of gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel from the Gulf of Mexico refineries to the south and east from USA

Also JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, was attacked by cybercriminals, and earlier this month, Kaseya, a software company serving more than 40,000 organizations worldwide, became the latest victim of a cyber attack.

The action against Kaseya had an impact on more than 1,500 companies around the world and prompted US President Joe Biden to warn his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that he will respond to cyberattacks launched from Russia.

(c) EFE Agency

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