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Colonial Pipeline hackers stole large amount of data, says report

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The hackers who paralysed Colonial Pipeline operations have stolen a large amount of data from the top US pipeline company, reported Bloomberg News citing people familiar with the matter.

The attackers are part of a cybercrime group called DarkSide and have been reported to have stolen 100 GB data in just two hours on Thursday (May 6).

The massive cyberattack has forced Colonial Pipeline to shut its operations. The top pipeline network suplies nearly half of US East Coast’s fuel supply.

The company transports 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined products through 5,500 miles (8,850 km) of pipelines linking refiners on the Gulf Coast to the eastern and southern United States.

The cyberattack on Coloinal Pipeline involved ransomware.

(With inputs from agencies)

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