Colonial Pipeline Co. said May 10 it was working with the U.S. Department of Energy to bring its system back online following its May 7 cyberattack, with the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week. The company said in an early afternoon press release it had proactively taken systems offline to contain the threat, which halted its pipeline operations and affected some internal systems.

But “the full extent of the damage to Colonial Pipeline, and its business partners, will not be known for weeks if not months,” Robert Cattanach, partner in the Dorsey & Whitney law firm and expert on cybersecurity and data breaches, said in an email to Hart Energy. “Colonial lost mountains of data to the attacker well before its systems were shut down. A nimble response at the first sign of intrusion could have changed everything.” 

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