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Colonial Pipeline says it transports 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast, reaching 50 million Americans.

 

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Top U.S. fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline has temporarily shut down all its pipeline operations after being hit by a cybersecurity attack, the company said in a statement on Friday.

 

Colonial’s 5,500 miles of pipelines carry fuel from refineries on the Gulf Coast to customers in the southern and eastern United States. It says it transports 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast, reaching 50 million Americans.

 

The company learned of the attack on Friday, and “proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat,” it said. It has hired a cybersecurity firm to investigate the incident, and contacted federal officials and law enforcement.

 

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