Russia has “some responsibility” for the cyberattack on the Colonian Pipeline, US President Joe Biden said.
According to him, “there is evidence” that the hacking of the largest pipeline system on the east coast, which pumps gasoline and other fuels from Texas to New York, is associated with hackers who are based in Russia or used Russian software.
“They have some responsibility to respond to this,” Biden said, adding that his administration will be preparing a global initiative to fight cybercrime (quoted by Bloomberg).
At the same time, he stressed, there is currently no evidence of Russia’s direct involvement in the cyber attack.
The Kremlin has denied any, even indirect, responsibility for the incident that paralyzed half of the fuel supplies to the US east coast.
“Russia has nothing to do with this,” said the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, commenting on Biden’s words that the software associated with the attack may be located in Russia.
When asked whether the Russian authorities are ready to cooperate with Washington on this case, Peskov said that “the United States refuses to cooperate in countering cybercrime.”
The attack, which halted the operation of a pipeline system with a total length of 5.5 thousand miles, has already led to a sharp increase in gasoline prices.
New York futures jumped 4.5% during overnight trading over the weekend and on Monday to $ 2.13 a gallon.
According to Reuters, the two largest refineries on the Gulf Coast have cut fuel production due to supply disruptions.
Motiva Enterprises, the largest US refinery with a capacity of 607 thousand barrels per day, shut down two crude oil distillation units and a reformer, reducing production by 45%, and Total reduced gasoline output by 25% at its refinery in Port Arthur by 225 thousand barrels per day. …