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How a cyber attack crippled the Colonial Pipeline

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack caused a major blow to the gasoline industry in the southern and eastern parts of the United States, but it also showed how vulnerable the US energy grid is to more attacks in the future. Subscribe to CNET: CNET playlists: Download the new CNET app: Like us on Facebook: Follow us…

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  1. Lance Rose

    May 14, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Interesting

  2. mrdre9241

    May 14, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Darkseid.

  3. Van Victor

    May 14, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    So the ransome was paid?

    • What Ya Reading!

      May 14, 2021 at 11:37 pm

      Yes. 5 Ms

  4. Tom Wright

    May 14, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    They should install a firewall

    • Sri B.P. Patnaik

      May 14, 2021 at 10:22 pm

      No firewall is hacking proof…

  5. infinite 8

    May 14, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Bullsh!t

  6. Seascape Feedback

    May 14, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Solution, retrofit all homes with a system like Tesla’s solar turning whole cities into basically its own power plant. If one home does offline, the others pick up the load and to a bigger point, one home doesn’t take down a whole city.. whereas the current large power plant system, if it goes down, everything goes down.

    • carholic1336

      May 14, 2021 at 9:47 pm

      Unfortunately they will need significantly more amount of batteries to be off the grid and winter times are very cold or some devices can’t be used offgrid….. with everything getting connected to Internet these days its only going to get worse and even tesla won’t be unvulnerable

  7. Danishes Gaming

    May 14, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Good Jobs Anonymous. U are very powerful hacker. Let’s hack Israel to stop the war.

    • Mr. Marc G.

      May 15, 2021 at 1:28 am

      OK Adolph.

  8. Lucid Dev Team

    May 14, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    My bet is they didn’t care about security they just wanted it built

  9. Evan Jensen

    May 14, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Why didn’t you mention that the hackers didn’t come close to the pipeline controls, and how the pipeline itself was only shut down because THEY COULDNT BILL

    • pullman

      May 15, 2021 at 12:55 am

      Wow dude that’s a very interesting point were did you get that information

  10. Phillip MJ Bacon

    May 14, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Really… what would happen if an attack on Russia of this magnitude originated on US soil???

  11. Ross Harris

    May 14, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    it could have been up and running by * manual turn on. UMBRAGE time?? We have been expecting “orchestrated crisis”; and the eventual end point will be the self anihilation of a specie. Isaiah 24:5/James 5:1/1 John 2:15-17.

  12. Edward Joung

    May 14, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Why is the grid even connected to the internet!??!?!?! all you need for a wifi network is a router…. there is not need for the internet…

  13. starburst

    May 14, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    So what systems were they using? Anybody knows? Which manufacturer was supplying systems that can be hacked so easily for colonial ?

  14. nurkle blurker

    May 14, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Did not explain how the attack crippled the pipeline besides saying it was ransomware

    • First Name Last Name

      May 15, 2021 at 12:34 am

      No one is going to explain that

  15. Chris Sheridan

    May 14, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    How did we get here ? This time, last year, we were energy independent, with a surplus. But now…….

    • What Ya Reading!

      May 14, 2021 at 11:35 pm

      🤔🤔🤔

  16. Marcos Cuevas

    May 14, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Tony Stark said it best for our government how it handles things, “We’re the AVENGERS, Not the Prevengers..”

  17. Peter Greenwood

    May 14, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Why can’t the narrator do a little training on how to speak well? Speak loud enough to avoid vocal fry and speak slowly enough to make sure the audience will learn something.

  18. Yacahuma X

    May 14, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    WRONG . It was pure stupidity. Connecting the pipeline to the Intenet? REALLY??? And then the same moron paid 5 million. 5 million was a bargain to show everyone that the person in charge is a COMPLETE INEPT.

  19. Jacob Patterson

    May 15, 2021 at 12:05 am

    We should build more nuclear power plants

  20. Mr. Marc G.

    May 15, 2021 at 1:27 am

    Biden Family was paid millions by Russia, so no consequences for the perps.

  21. Judy Fenske

    May 15, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Some of these factories 🏭 have pollution coming from the chimneys.

  22. Hank O'Neill

    May 15, 2021 at 4:32 am

    “Left several stations without gas” really? Ok sweetheart, if its “several” then how are THOUSANDS over 60% of the stations in North Carolina alone out of gas? You lying scumbags.

  23. Wayno Guerrini

    May 15, 2021 at 4:35 am

    Can’t watch. No captioning. Please consider adding captioning to the videos for the benefit of those of us in the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Thanks.

    • Nicholas Jordan

      May 15, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      I am “industrial hearing loss” ~ I did not even bother to run the video I just read the comments;

  24. Hank O'Neill

    May 15, 2021 at 4:37 am

    This announcer has a lisp and is about 19 years old. How is it people who speak.for a living are always the ones who have disabilities.

    • cryohellinc

      May 15, 2021 at 6:30 am

      On top of that she does this yank voice crack

  25. CannonKnight

    May 15, 2021 at 4:38 am

    OK, HOW did they hack into the company, and HOW do you prevent this from happening again? I was hoping to learn this.

    • Toph Law

      May 15, 2021 at 5:02 am

      Yeah, even without going into specifics, the piece just highlighted what went wrong & why… rather than how it happened & what steps have to be taken to prevent it.

      How it happened? Likely because they introduced remote management & control systems which became vulnerable to external coopting of the system.

      How to prevent it? Improve cyber security or better yet, isolate the system better from the rest of the Internet.

    • BIGBODY

      May 15, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      This is fake there is no cyberattack on the pipeline. They are just running out of gas and won’t tell the truth.

  26. IZ Gaming

    May 15, 2021 at 6:03 am

    Ah hackers, better to hack bank and give the money to poor people in need

    • Alastair Barkley

      May 15, 2021 at 6:03 pm

      Oh, you’re volunteering to donate your bank account balance to poor people, then? Good for you.

  27. Matteo Fossati

    May 15, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Event 201 Covid simulation -> Covid-19 breaks out ; WEF Cyberpandemic simulation -> a gas pipeline gets hacked

    • Nicholas Jordan

      May 15, 2021 at 5:06 pm

      Fade to image of Surfing in Stilettos
      Voice over:: Anything men can do women can do better
      Inset of Dakota Governer Kristi Noem
      TCU The View
      Segment: Eisenhower Eyes In the Watchtower

  28. Mark

    May 15, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Colonial should be fined for having created this tremendous mess (entire east coast energy grid collapsed due to its own IT vulnerabilities). Why did the company not invest in cyber safeguards – I hope it’s held accountable.

  29. Convolver

    May 15, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Easy soluiom…just Don’t connect the power grid network to the internet? Why does a power systems guy need to surf the internet at work?

  30. Nils McMountain

    May 15, 2021 at 8:57 am

    need to wait for cc

  31. Kongolox

    May 15, 2021 at 9:08 am

    ah.. another benefit of privatization! 😀

  32. Sunny Singh

    May 15, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for giving info. Now hackers can plan more efficiently 😅

  33. K Verb

    May 15, 2021 at 9:37 am

    This attack was against a fuel source affecting transport, not power grids. Address the fuel source attack. How about more pipelines, and more refineries? They have been blocked for ideological reasons. How about more nuclear power plants? All of those solutions reduce total emmitions and reduce risk buy increasing the number of sources and delivery.
    This report conflated the electrical power grid with this fuel delivery attack to introduce the argument for “green” power generation. Those green sources are just as vulnerable to attack if their control systems are not hardened against cyber attacks as other control systems. That solution is not new electrical power generation; but new control systems for the plants we have now.

  34. Jeff Moore

    May 15, 2021 at 10:19 am

    How does a pump on a pipe get stopped by threats on the internet? Plug it back in!
    If we’re at “war”, tell the commander in chief. Don’t have some company hack give us bull#$$%t.

    • Jeff Moore

      May 15, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      @Alastair Barkley Do you pay ransom too? When an analyst tells you a story, do you just go with it?

    • Alastair Barkley

      May 15, 2021 at 8:06 pm

      @Jeff Moore This is 2021, not 1901. However much you hate the idea of mighty American tech having to suck it up, your suggestion to ‘plug it back in’ is just absurd. Why would I listen to an analyst telling me that a modern oil pipeline is a complex system requiring elaborate safety and control system based on er, those newfangled ‘computer’ things. I know that already.

    • Alastair Barkley

      May 15, 2021 at 8:08 pm

      Who are you at war with, Jeff? It’s not like it’s 1916 and German subs are sinking American ships.

    • Jeff Moore

      May 16, 2021 at 12:15 am

      @Alastair Barkley
      don’t be stupid. NASA and lots of other entities protects keep their servers off the internet or only partly connected on the public side. Your buying their soap. If it were important, you wouldn’t just see guys who don’t explain anything just accuse. You would also hear solutions not threats. You don’t put your gold in Times Square – (World Wide Web).
      If you can’t imagine a solution, don’t comment.

    • Jeff Moore

      May 16, 2021 at 12:19 am

      @Alastair Barkley A fox commentator and an “analyst” on CNN called it an act of war. Don’t get snooty.

  35. ZERO Σ

    May 15, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Time to make… Cyber Force 🤣🤣🤣

    • MrBlaoblao

      May 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      You dumb or no google where you live? NSA, CIA and so on have cyber forces already

  36. Nekminute

    May 15, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Poke the bear, and it will poke you back xD

  37. Cc C

    May 15, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    …9/11…Psyop staged by the United Terrorist Snakes ( War Criminal )& the world elite…

  38. Cc C

    May 15, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Scripted World Theatre/ Psyop on the masses by the world elite
    All world leaders are scripted puppet actors  installed by the elite….

  39. skyak

    May 15, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    This video fails to answer the title question and goes on redirect attention to an entirely different problem. This is a blatant demonstration that political goals are being put ahead of public needs. Renewable energy has the intrinsic need/problem of storage. Rather than admit, fix, or even recognize this problem, blame is always transferred in every news story to fossil fuels.
    I don’t point this out to take sides, I point this out as a warning. The politicians are dedicated to failure. Build your own storage/offline capabilities!

  40. Gregg P

    May 15, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    The year is 2021, why are the operators of the Colonial Pipeline using a “1960” operational mindset?

  41. MrBlaoblao

    May 15, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Title says: “How a cyber attack crippled…” and the video invest ZERO minutes in saying HOW it happened. It just talks about how’s the grid and how to secure it

  42. HoBoMiKe

    May 15, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    “We had to concede to the ransom or we’d be financially ruined”

    Then go into financial ruin! I’d rather lose my job than continue to work knowing the company I work for negotiated with terrorists.

    I’d rather die than live knowing I surrendered to evil

    Can’t believe they gave in to save their own skin. For shame.

  43. Robert Sawallesh

    May 16, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Why did the Russians choose the Colonial Pipeline to hack? Maybe, because it supported the Nation’s Capitol.

  44. RGMS

    May 16, 2021 at 1:31 am

    This kind of people needs to be treated as terrorists and putted down like terrorists.

  45. JOHNDAN5048

    May 16, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Not all cell phone towers have been in any kind of active use and with the potential of being sleepers waiting to be activated for cyber attack use. I haven’t heard any updates since that became first reported as existing around military bases in the U.S.

  46. Harvick T

    May 16, 2021 at 3:14 am

    could try classifying hackers as terrorists and put out bounties for hunting them down

  47. Bobby Chang

    May 16, 2021 at 4:19 am

    C/net doesn’t know anything.

  48. Georg Wilde

    May 16, 2021 at 8:25 am

    What make sthe energy infrastracture most vulneralbe is the politics in pricing (price fixing). If gas sellers were allow to set their price (price gouge in the situation of shortage), then there would be no hoarding.

  49. Charles

    May 16, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Don’t worry about it Joe Biden is going to put Hunter in charge. After all he is an expert in energy Burisma paid him $80k per month.

  50. pam oakes

    May 17, 2021 at 1:03 am

    I think Biden suspended Trump’s EO from 5/2020 on securing the US power System.

  51. Tony Rod

    May 17, 2021 at 4:06 am

    horrible narration!

  52. Doug Grinbergs

    May 17, 2021 at 7:42 am

    6:32 AFAIK, Hornsdale is in Australia – not Texas!

  53. T Bo

    May 17, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Remember when Moron Don blamed everyone except Russia for the solar winds breach even fired his own head of cyber security for saying it was Russia while his own state department was saying it was Russia. All the while sucking up to Putin. Boy-o-boy I miss that guy! Send money suckers.

  54. Kristopher Leslie

    May 17, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    I mean security consultants have said literally since the late 90s this would and could happen. If every year you are audited and ignored IT and security consultants then who is the problem?

  55. Philldeees

    May 17, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    This is modern day piracy and terrorism and should be treated as an act of war. Just think if Americans cyber attacked the Middle East and held their systems hostage for ransom you could potentially financially drain a country. Remember when the English used the pirates to rob the Spanish ships of gold without getting their hands dirty.

  56. Kaylee h

    May 17, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Way to go biden…..

  57. Read my ABOUT section PLEASE

    May 17, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    Tighten cyber security…

  58. Vlican

    May 17, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    you did not answer the headline “How a cyber attack crippled the Colonial Pipeline”

  59. Johnny Wadd

    May 17, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    It was a test run for what is to come from the Globalists. They are all in with Agenda 2030…and the population goals they have.

  60. mordfustang

    May 17, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I want Biden to screw up some more. I want people who voted for him feel the stupidity of their president and kick him out themselves.

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