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Kaspersky did not rule out the involvement of the CIA in the cyberattack on the pipeline in the United States

Hackers from the US Central Intelligence Agency may be involved in a cyberattack on the American company Colonial Pipeline, which blocked its pipeline for a whole week. Natalya Kasperskaya, president of Info Watch, did not rule out such a possibility.

RIA Novosti wrote that Kaspersky recalled, according to an investigation published in 2017 by the international non-profit organization Wikileaks, the CIA has an UMBRAGE unit that disguises itself as various types of global hacker groups, RIA Novosti writes.

“There were listed countries – Russia, North Korea, China, Iran. Therefore, it is impossible to say with certainty that the attack was carried out by a hacker group from Russia, or it was not provoked by them there themselves, […] it is impossible, ” said Kaspersky at the International Salon” Integrated Security 2021 “.

At the same time, the expert noted that if a hacker hacking into computers does not want to leave some information about himself, then it is almost impossible to calculate his location at the time of the attack.

Earlier the press secretary of the US President Jen Psaki said that Washington will continue to consider Russia “in some way” responsible for the cyberattack, which was carried out on the company – the operator of the American pipeline Colonial Pipeline, even if “it was confirmed that after the investigation we did not have information about the involvement of the Russian authorities in this ”.

As reported by IA REGNUM, problems with the operation of the Colonial pipeline, which stretches from Texas to the northeastern United States up to the state of New York, arose on May 7 after a cyberattack using ransomware. According to Colonial Pipeline, all operations related to the pipeline were temporarily suspended, and some information systems were also turned off.

Colonial Pipeline has declared a regional emergency in response to the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline, the largest operator in the United States, which transports fuel through pipelines, on May 13, after the outage, the Colonial Pipeline fully resumed its pipeline system.

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