I was looking to see if we’re going to get any oversight or accounting about the Colonial Pipeline hack, and I found this jack off waste of time headline at the AP:
Mein hertz schwimmt im blut at the thought of a former AP exec taking over from Marty Baron at the Post.
Anyway, back to the actual peril from this hack. The National Transportation Safety Board investigates pipeline accidents. I assume they’ll investigate this incident, and I’m looking forward to the report. I hope that we get some oversight of pipelines and other infrastructure because, to put it mildly, hackers shutting down key energy infrastructure is fucked up and bullshit.
Hack attacks like this are battles in a war where nobody dies and nothing blows up, so they seem to be quickly forgotten. If the Colonial outage was the result of a bomb that blew up part of the pipeline, we’d be in the middle of a full-scale freak out, with the National Guard out patrolling, and home state Senators fighting each other to get in front of a TV camera. Instead, I bet it will be a distant memory in a few weeks.
ETA: As John b notes in the comments, Bloomberg is reporting that Colonial paid $ 5 million in cryptocurrency as ransom to Russian or Eastern European hackers.