Gas pipeline cyberattack in US - Russians blamed as expected

JEEP

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In regards to Cyberattack forces shutdown of largest gasoline pipeline in United States -

But there's little doubt that in this major instance of the Colonial pipeline going offline, we expect any moment to hear screams of "Russians!" - even before any evidence is publicly made available, if it gets presented at all.

Just heard the report on FoxRadio news that Biden not saying Russia responsible, but the ransomware bad actors are in Russia and it's up to Russia to deal with it:

Biden says no evidence Russian government was involved in pipeline hack

Biden said that Putin still bears "some responsibility" to respond since DarkSide, a cybercrime gang the FBI says is responsible for the attack on a U.S. gasoline line.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Monday that there was no evidence that the Russian government was involved with the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack that shut down a major United States fuel pipeline on Friday.

"I'm going to have a conversation, I'm going to be meeting with President Putin," Biden said. "And, so far, there is no evidence based on, from our intelligence people, that Russia is involved, although there is evidence that the actor's ransomware is in Russia. They have some responsibility to deal with this."

Biden did not say when or where he would meet with Putin, although he has previously said he hoped to meet with the Russian leader in Europe in June. The FBI said Monday that the DarkSide ransomware, a Russian cybercrime gang referred to by the same name, was responsible for the attack.
 

JEEP

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UPDATE:
In the comments to the article:
Artex · about 8 hours ago
My money is on eco-warriors doing something about the largest gas spill in US history from that pipeline. [Link]

Largest U.S. Gas Spill in 20 Years – 1.2 Million Gallons – Happened at a Cracked Pipeline in North Carolina Last Summer

A pool of gasoline discovered by two teenagers riding ATVs in a nature preserve was the first clue that North Carolina and the United States were experiencing the biggest spill in decades.

The gasoline was leaking from a pipeline that runs from Texas through the Southeast and north to New Jersey. Officials don't know how long the pipe was cracked before the ATV riders found the spill on Aug. 14 in the Oehler Nature Preserve near Huntersville, North Carolina, just north of Charlotte.
After initially reporting that 63,000 gallons of gasoline had spilled and most of that had been recovered, the pipeline's owner, Colonial Pipeline Co., acknowledged in January that 1.2 million gallons had actually leaked from the ruptured pipe.

It is the largest single gasoline spill in the U.S. since at least 2000, according to North Carolina Policy Watch, which used data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
"Based on this hydrogeological information and the location of the crack on the pipe, we believe the product may have flowed into the subsurface for a period of time, measured in days or weeks, before reaching the surface," Colonial Pipeline said in a news release.

In September, North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality announced it had issued a notice of violation to Colonial Pipeline because of the spill.

"We will continue to hold Colonial Pipeline accountable for harm to North Carolina’s natural resources. This is one of the largest gasoline spills the state has ever had," said DEQ Secretary Michael Regan, who has since been chosen by President Joe Biden to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
On Feb. 24, DEQ issued a notice of continuing violation saying Colonial Pipeline's "Comprehensive Site Assessment lacks critical information necessary to determine the full extent of the impacts of this event. This information is crucial for the protection of public health and the environment."

In January, Angie Kolar, Colonial’s vice president of operations services and its chief risk officer, told the Charlotte Observer, "We regret this has occurred. We understand the cause for concern of our neighbors, but we have and will continue to be transparent. We understand it will take a long time. We’ll be there as long as it takes."
Colonial announced the pipeline was repaired on Aug. 19. The cracked section of pipe has been sent to a metallurgy lab to investigate what caused it to rupture. Though the pipeline was installed in 1978, Kolar told the Observer the pipeline's age may not necessarily be to blame.
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In its notice of continuing violation, the state's Department of Environmental Quality said Colonial had to take 22 corrective actions, including installing at least 12 deep wells to determine how far down the spill went, describing how excavated soil will be disposed of and providing more information about nearby surface water features, particularly neighboring springs.
FULL ARTICLE

Other comments to the Sott article make very good points as well.
 
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JEEP

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This scenario seems sadly likely - linked from comments:

Government Claims Hackers Shut Down Biggest Gasoline Pipeline in the US, Gives No Explanation

Excerpt:

I don’t really understand how it is possible for a pipeline to be shut down by ransomware. Well, I believe that it is possible in theory – they are probably running Windows that is not updated and their employees are probably downloading porn on system computers. But logistically, I don’t understand how the entire functionality of the system would all be linked to the same system.

Furthermore, I can’t imagine that anyone would be this bold. This is serious business. Anyone who did this would be caught.

They even caught the Fappening guy. And he was just one guy. No real criminal hacker organization would risk doing straight-up ransomware on the US infrastructure like this.

And listen: there are zero details. At time of writing, this was announced nearly 24 hours ago, and there is nothing. They just say the pipeline was shut down and it’s going to cause a gas shortage.

So basically: I think this is fake.

I think it is done by the government, as part of an agenda to prepare some new grand crisis.

If you don’t believe that is very likely, just go type the term “cyber pandemic” into any search engine, and then try to figure out why all of these organizations would be talking about this concept.

Now: just go ahead and ask me what item relevant to this discussion was on the Davos 2021 agenda.

Just ask me that.

Say: Anglin, what was on the Davos 2021 agenda?
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Then, ask me how many times the term “cyber pandemic” (in quotes) appears on the WEF website.
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As early as 2012, this term was being used.
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They were saying that the next big thing was going to be a global SARS pandemic, but that there was also going to be a cyber pandemic to shut down the internet.

Here’s a report from Yahoo! Finance on one of the 2021 panel discussions where an Israeli security expert claimed that the cyber pandemic was on the way:
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If you haven’t gotten the point yet: these people talk about things that they are planning in terms of “risks.” Therefore, they talked endlessly about the “risk” of a global SARS pandemic, then all of a sudden you had this fake pandemic.

The fact that they have talked endlessly about a global “cyber pandemic” means that this also was planned.

Just because they plan something doesn’t mean they actually do it – this is all real time, and things are worked out as they need them to be worked out to fit with the agenda. But the fact that this was an Agenda Item this year at Davos is pretty indicative that it is something they were going to push.

Now ask yourself: what would happen if the internet (technically probably just the Western internet) was totally shut down?
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You can call me a kook – or not.

It doesn’t matter.

What matters is whether or not they are literally going to declare a “cyber pandemic” and start shutting off consumer internet access.

If this is happening, what you’re going to see is a wave of these “ransomware attacks,” and then they’ll start feeding you prep material for what comes next, leading into an internet shutdown of some kind. It will not happen all of a sudden. It will be like the coronavirus thing – there will be a prep period.

There is one thing that is clear, which no one can deny: the people who are in power can presently do whatever the hell they want, and there is no one that can stop them, save Jesus Himself.

One can easily get the impression we're being prepped for another fake pandemic of the cyber variety. Additionally, will "cyberattacks" serve to distract from increasing vax injuries/deaths, voting fraud legal wrangling that could bring a possible overturning of the 2020 election, further shut down/censoring of communication from dissidents and opponents of the official narratives, obscure increasing earth changes of the catastrophic variety? What about the shutdown of supply chains and the resultant food shortages?

The wild ride continues.
 

unkl brws

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I've wondered whether these cyber breaches are the next distraction as well. I remember this story from back in March about the Canadian Revenue Agency locking out 800,000 users due to a cyber security breach;

Also, I received a notice in the mail from my insurance company advising me of a recent "cybersecurity incident" and that I should register with this company to prevent any future threats - CCVD
 
I live in the south-east US, and yeah, Monday everyone made a mad dash to the gas pumps after the news cycle. I saw the shutdown/cyber attack Saturday morning, and immediately connected it to all the "cyber pandemic" propaganda being put out by PTB, et al. Went and filled up my jerry cans and car. Fortunately I am still working remote - unfortunately my car uses a V6 and averages about 25mp, not the greatest. I've been playing with the idea of getting a plug-in hybrid to mitigate risk of gas shortages/high prices. Go on Carvana, and search Honda Clarity / Toyota Prius Prime - every single one was pending sale! Wow!

Is this the start of the "Cyber pandemic" the WEF / Klaus Schwab has been talking about? I'm thinking I should take out some cash from the bank, sell off some of my crypto gains, and continue to stock food/seeds/tools .. "needful things".
 

JEEP

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Just heard on FoxNewsradio that Colonial Pipeline paid off the hackers after asserting they would not do so. Ransomware wins again. So it's back online and things should normalize the next couple of days and in plenty of time for the Memorial Day weekend.
 
Just heard on FoxNewsradio that Colonial Pipeline paid off the hackers after asserting they would not do so. Ransomware wins again. So it's back online and things should normalize the next couple of days and in plenty of time for the Memorial Day weekend.
I think Tim Pool was saying they actually paid the ransom early in the week, and that the decryption program was taking too long. The news just reported it late, which seems to have created the panic. Ransomwear is a nasty thing. Once you gain access to someone's systems, you just encrypt their databases and business critical files, and there's no way to get it back unless you've got a good backup system setup. Yikes.
 

Woodsman

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Has anybody floated the idea yet that this is directly related to the missile attacks in Israel and the upcoming ground war they're launching against Palestine?

A mini-9/11?

Seems like a smart question to ask.

It's also interesting that Tim Pool, being as young as he is, doesn't appear to have clued in yet to the idea of Mossad running ops, and he remains intent on examining the surface of the news sphere rather than exploring the idea that "If you see it broadcast, assume an ulterior motives". I can't tell how much of that is naivete, or "crazy like a fox" survival strategy. -Though, in one of their IRL podcasts, their hippie side show host (Ian, I think) aired the idea of false flags, clearly not convinced of the surface show, but he was immediately 'shot down' by both Tim and his Jewish guest who were pushing that ever-useful narrative which leaves people paralyzed and unable to act or speak with certainty, exhausted by the question and willing to just look the other way.

That poor hippie dude is a poster child for why drugs are a bad idea. His brain isn't concise or speedy enough to keep up with the ever-confident Tim. -And while he often makes comments which demonstrate he's clued out and on the wrong page, unable to read the room, he's also open to very valid concerns which are often brushed aside. I almost think he's there in a controlled opposition position, though I doubt Tim is entire aware of the fact.
 

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Has anybody floated the idea yet that this is directly related to the missile attacks in Israel and the upcoming ground war they're launching against Palestine?

A mini-9/11?

Yup, thought the same thing. It seems likely to me that this recent event was not, in fact, your garden variety corporate espionage cyber ransom attack - because of the number of larger objectives and agendas it appears to satisfy, including what you mention.

For one, yes, it does provide a big distraction from what Israel has just instigated and all the destruction that is now occurring in Gaza, and that will follow. Israel has also been involved at some high level in other recent doings, and has a track record of massive cyber attacks not only against Iran, but also the US:


The hack of the Colonial gas pipeline primes the public for bigger and badder attacks as well; "justifying" whatever totalitarian measures may be implemented in the not-too-distant-future - for when the Big One does come - and when the WEF club tells everyone that the new measures and systems being put in place are for everyone's security. You know - the one that Jeep mentions earlier in the thread and that is outlined in the following article:


And then there's the idea that these 'great resetters' are actually trying to phase out the use of fossil fuels in the medium to long term. This attack gets people used to the idea that gasoline is becoming a too expensive/less accessible fuel on which to rely on.
 

JEEP

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And then there's the idea that these 'great resetters' are actually trying to phase out the use of fossil fuels in the medium to long term. This attack gets people used to the idea that gasoline is becoming a too expensive/less accessible fuel on which to rely on.
Contemptible comments by President Geezer and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm - that if you drive an electric car, fuel shortages "would not be affecting you, clearly."

 

JEEP

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I'm bouncing around from a variety of current topics while also compiling thoughts for email to legislators regarding the proposed mandatory vax bill. I believe the last thing I saw regarding this cyber attack was the "ransom" was five million dollars and the CIA has been identified as the hackers. Maybe someone can track down a source for that.
 

JEEP

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I believe the last thing I saw regarding this cyber attack was the "ransom" was five million dollars and the CIA has been identified as the hackers.
Zerohedge has it:
But not everyone is convinced DarkSide is a legitimate hacking group but rather a cover for a rogue group of CIA hackers.

Natalya Kaspersky, the founder and former CEO of security software firm Kaspersky Lab, made an explosive suggestion in an interview with Russian state-owned domestic news agency RIA Novosti that CIA hackers were actually behind the Colonial Pipeline attack, reported RT News.

Kaspersky said the Umbrage team, which is part of the Remote Development Branch under the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence, can mask its hackers as outside ones and leave behind the "fingerprints" of the external hackers when it breaks into electronic devices.
Imagine my shock . . . :whistle:
 
Contemptible comments by President Geezer and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm - that if you drive an electric car, fuel shortages "would not be affecting you, clearly."

These people have no awareness, no critical thought processes, just robots running their script. Same with the people who actually buy this line.
 

Mike

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This is an article and twitter feed (below) that details how the FBI's story doesn't add up about the recovery of the BTC from the supposed hackers. Par for the course... and is pretty comical if you have any knowledge about the safe storage of crypto, such as via a hardware wallet.


Maybe this first quote is part of what it all about. To sow doubt in crypto holders' minds about what the FBI and Feds can and cannot do.

“There is no place beyond the reach of the FBI to conceal illicit funds that will prevent us from imposing risk and consequences upon malicious cyber actors,” FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate said in a statement.

A DOJ warrant from Monday morning gives us much more detail about how the government actually secured the bitcoin funds. They did so by obtaining a warrant on a bitcoin wallet or exchange that had servers in Northern California. Yes, you read that correctly. The entity responsible for the ransomware attack did not in fact have custody over their bitcoin. Instead, they were using a custodian for their funds. It is unclear whether this account with servers in the United States is an FBI wallet or the affiliate’s wallet, but the major error in bitcoin 101 custody remains the surprising issue. Using a custodian for your funds instead of maintaining possession of them is a very basic error, especially for an allegedly sophisticated hacking gang. Given that bitcoin transactions are publicly available, it was easy for the feds to track the funds transferred from Colonial to this outfit, as Colonial’s initial transfer to the bitcoin wallet is public information. All they had to do was “follow the money,” which strangely made its way into a U.S. based custodial address.

The latest events surrounding the Colonial Pipeline drama simply do not square with the narratives coming out of the Biden Administration and its stenographers in the corporate press. We were told this much-hyped hacking group of alleged Russians posed a serious threat to our entire critical infrastructure, yet in the same breath happened to have committed a laughably amateurish bitcoin custody faux pas that allowed for the feds to easily take back possession of the affiliate funds.

So the "hackers" brought down the largest pipeline on the east coast but couldn't spend 50 bucks on a clean hardware wallet to secure their bitcoin? Makes sense to me!
 
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