Cybersecurity

Biden Admin Reveals Decade-Old China Pipeline Hack, Plans for Cybersecurity Talks

The Biden administration revealed Chinese state-sponsored hackers between 2011 and 2013 targeted nearly two dozen U.S. oil and natural gas pipeline operators with the goal of “holding U.S. pipeline infrastructure at risk."

U.S. Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners

The Department of Homeland Security required owners and operators of critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement "urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions."

A Question of Not ‘If’ but ‘When’

The cyberattack on Colonial Pipelines served as the ultimate exclamation point on that pesky declaration pipeline companies had been hearing for years: Your information systems need to be better protected from malicious software.

Oil Falls on Weak Summer Kickoff for U.S. Fuel Demand

The poor weather up and down the U.S. East Coast may have reduced consumption, following a period of gasoline hoarding that artificially boosted demand during the Colonial Pipeline outage last month from a ransomware attack.

One Password Allowed Hackers to Disrupt Colonial Pipeline

The head of Colonial Pipeline told U.S. senators that hackers who launched last month's cyber attack against the company and disrupted fuel supplies to the U.S. Southeast were able to get into the system by stealing a single password.

U.S. Recovers $2.3 Million From Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it recovered some $2.3 million worth of cryptocurrency from the Colonial Pipeline Co ransomware attack.

U.S. to Give Ransomware Hacks Similar Priority as Terrorism

The U.S. Department of Justice is elevating investigations of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack and mounting damage caused by cyber criminals, a senior department official told Reuters.

Colonial Pipeline Says Temporary Network Disruption Resolved

Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States, said it had resolved a temporary network disruption, just weeks after a ransomware attack crippled fuel delivery for several days in the southeast region.

Colonial Pipeline Again Experiencing Network Issues

Colonial Pipeline, the nation's largest fuel pipeline, on Friday said it was experiencing network issues, just weeks after a ransomware attack crippled fuel delivery for several days in the United States.

U.S. Announces New Security Directives for Pipelines After Hack

The Department of Homeland Security issued a new security directive for pipeline owners and operators on Thursday after a hack of the Colonial Pipeline disrupted fuel supplies in the southeastern United States for days this month.

U.S. Issuing First Cyber Regulations for Pipelines After Hack

The Biden administration is working with pipeline companies to strengthen protections against cyberattacks following the Colonial Pipeline hack and will announce actions in coming days, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Tuesday.

Colonial Pipeline Shuts Down after Cyber Attack

Top U.S. fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline has shut its entire network, the source of nearly half of the U.S. East Coast's fuel supply, after a cyber attack that industry sources said was caused by ransomware.

Iran Checks Cyber Security at Key Energy Sites

Iran has launched an inspection of security at its key Gulf oil and gas facilities, including preparedness for cyber attacks, the Oil Ministry news agency SHANA said, following media reports of Washington weighing possible cyber attacks on Tehran.

Pipeline Cybersecurity Protection Legislation Moves Forward

House Democrats and Republicans have had trouble agreeing on a pipeline safety bill so far this year, but a second bill on pipeline security faces no such problem.

Armed Drones Attack Oil Pumping Stations on Saudi Pipeline

Saudi Arabia said armed drones had struck two oil pumping stations on a pipeline Tuesday in what it called a "cowardly" act of terrorism two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity

Recently research on artificial intelligence underscores the fact that AI has no inherent ethical bias. The same technology that could, in principle, allow AI to identify and treat an injured person, could equally be trained to identify and harm members of specific groups.

Lawmakers Urge US Agency to Bolster Pipeline Cybersecurity

Two Democratic lawmakers urged the Department of Homeland Security to better protect U.S. oil and gas pipelines from cyber-attacks, after a report they requested detailed a lack of federal oversight of the critical conduits.

Lawmakers Urge U.S. Agency to Bolster Pipeline Cybersecurity

Two Democratic lawmakers urged the Department of Homeland Security to better protect U.S. oil and gas pipelines from cyberattacks, after a report they requested detailed a lack of federal oversight of the critical conduits.

Securing Open SCADA Systems for Pipeline Operations

Traditional SCADA systems used pipeline operational control are vulnerable in at least three main areas: operational information, production data and control logic. The more openly this data flows, the more cost-effectively the plant can be run, so there is much to be gained by securing the data exchange.

The Next Generation of Cybersecurity in Oil and Gas

Many oil and gas companies are operating networks of machines, people and applications that are vulnerable to attack. Protecting these systems requires a different IT security model than many other businesses.

Defending Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

Critical infrastructure provides the essential services that society needs to survive – clean drinking water, power to keep homes warm in the winter, transportation to get people and goods to where they need to be. In this world of increased digitization and connectivity, cybersecurity should be of utmost concern.

The Unsinkable: A Look at Blockchain’s Potential and Pitfalls

To effectively exploit blockchain technology, industry participants need to be able to consider not only its promise but also its shortcomings. The authors explore the attributes of blockchain of particular relevance to the natural gas industry.

DOE Offers $25 Million Cybersecurity Grant Following Pipeline Attacks

The U.S. Department of Energy is making $25 million available to enhance cybersecurity in America's energy sector.

Hackers Drawn to Energy Sector’s Lack of Sensors, Controls

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil and gas companies, including some of the most celebrated industry names in the Houston area, are facing increasingly sophisticated hackers seeking to steal trade secrets and disrupt operations, according to a newspaper investigation. A stretch of the Gulf Coast near Houston featu..

Reaping Benefits of Digital Age While Avoiding Cyber Threats

Digitalization is taking businesses into a new era, and the oil and gas industry is by no means an exception. With the focus on cost-cutting, increased efficiencies and improved sustainability, the oil and gas industry is increasingly embracing digital technologies to meet these challenges. By buil..

New Security Solutions Meet Cybersecurity Challenges

While the oil and gas industry has suffered fewer major cybersecurity breaches than other industries to date, many minor incidents have occurred and it’s only a matter of time before a major oil and gas company will appear in the headlines along with companies such as Target. Global consultancy DNV..

Cybersecurity Highest IT Solution Area of Investment for Utilities

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal Today, even more than in the past, utilities are lamenting the rigidity and costs of running and maintaining their legacy IT solutions, putting CIOs in the spotlight. Utility CIOs are facing significant challenges in determining where to make the most effective bud..

Cybercrime and Utilities: Preparing for Attack

Cyber-crime is one of the biggest threats organizations face. Computers control almost everything we do, from the level of chlorine put into our water to the electricity supply into our town. Hackers are fully aware of this, and they understand if they infiltrate these systems or do anything to jeop..