A major backdoor cyberattack on a U.S. energy provider, Colonial Pipeline, rocked the company whose pipeline averages 100 million gallons of gasoline and other resources sent between Texas and New York everyday. The pipeline, which runs through several states in the South and up the mid-Atlantic corridor, was shut down as company officials scrambled to mitigate the damage and begin to seek out causes and solutions for the major breach in security.
DarkSide’s brand of ransomware is collectively known as “Ransomware as a Service,” meaning that they provide and sell hacking tools that other third parties use to attack vulnerable systems and companies.
In response to the cyberattack, Colonial Pipeline not only shut their IT systems down, but contracted a third-party cybersecurity firm to internally address the situation. The move is one more and more companies, regardless of their size or industry, are finding necessary.