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5/26/2021 | 2:17:37 PM
Colonial Pipeline Attack - Billing System, not Infrastructure Attacked
I think it's important to remember that the ransomware attack directed at the Colonial Pipeline did not target/affect pipeline operations.

The attack was against the billing system and the operators of the pipeline chose to shut it down because they were afraid that they wouldn't have a way to retroactively bill their customers for activity that took place while the billing system was offline.

https://jalopnik.com/the-colonial-pipeline-was-fine-but-it-was-shutdown-to-1846911689

While the public reacted badly (hoarding gasoline, using improper/dangerous containers, etc.), if the pipeline operators either had an "offline" method for storing activity information that could be imported into the billing system retroactively or just decided to keep the pipeline operating and figure out the billing later, much of the Sturm und Drang around the incident could have been avoided.


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