The CEO of Colonial Pipeline will appear at a cyberattack hearing on June 9th.

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On June 9, the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a full committee hearing at which the CEO of Colonial Pipeline will testify about a ransomware attack on the company’s networks.

On June 9, Joseph Blount will testify before the House Homeland Security Committee about the May 7 cybersecurity incident, which US authorities have blamed on a terrorist hacking group in Russia.

The cyberattack forced the firm, which provides about 45 percent of the fuel used on the East Coast, to shut down for several days, resulting in petrol shortages and mass purchasing of gasoline in many communities.

The Georgia-based company confirmed that it paid $4.4 million in ransom to DarkSide, a criminal organization based in Eastern Europe, in an effort to restart operations, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) announced on Thursday that the hearing is part of the committee’s ongoing focus on the cybersecurity of the country’s critical infrastructure.

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“The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the related fuel shortages laid bare three urgent challenges facing the nation: cybersecurity vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure, the need to build resilience into our networks, and the profitability of ransomware,” Thompson said in a statement released by the committee. “To address these urgent challenges, Congress must have a complete understanding of what happened on Colonial Pipeline’s networks, how it made decisions related to network operations and ransom payments, and how it leveraged support from the Federal government and private sector.”

She went on to say that cyber attacks against critical infrastructure have cross-sector impacts, and that moving forward, the committee will “work to build a stronger understanding of cybersecurity vulnerabilities.”


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