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Hacks such as this week's breach of the Colonial Pipeline will continue to occur and pose risks in the future, warned Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm at an Axios Event on Thursday.

Why it matters: It was announced on Wednesday that the pipeline will be restarting operations, after a five-day-long gas crisis gripped many states in the southeast U.S.

What they're saying: "[T]hese hacks are not going to stop," said Granholm. "Because everything is now with smart technology and is using the cloud, we are vulnerable everywhere."

  • "[E]very private sector entity, whether you're an energy business or not, has to be thinking about how you protect your system, your operation system."
  • "So that I think it's a big lesson for the private sector and it's a big lesson for government to think about...what should we be doing inside of the government itself to prevent attacks and hacks on us," she added, referencing both the Colonial Pipeline attack as well as last year's SolarWinds breach.

Watch the full event here.

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Colonial Pipeline restarting service after hack

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Colonial Pipeline is restarting operations around 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced.

Why it matters: At least 11 states and Washington, D.C., have experienced gas shortages since a ransomware attack forced the critical pipeline running from Texas to New York to shut down on Saturday.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
May 12, 2021 - Economy & Business

Gas prices rise in several states as pipeline outage crimps supply

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Gas stations in several states are out of fuel and AAA reports the nationwide average price breached $3-per-gallon for the first time in six years amid the cyberattack-induced shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.

Driving the news: The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, the nation's largest refined fuel pipeline that extends from Texas into the Northeast, is creating a scramble as the outage persists into its sixth day.

Scoop: White House fears political fallout from pipeline hack

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The gas may be flowing again, but the White House is more worried than it's letting on about the potential fallout of the Colonial Pipeline hack that caused fuel shortages and triggered price increases, Axios has learned.

Behind the scenes: Senior Biden officials are acutely sensitive to the images of lines outside gas stations before Memorial Day — the typical launch to the summer driving season. Republicans also are jumping on the bandwagon, suggesting Joe Biden is a modern-day Jimmy Carter.