The lawmakers were also interested in investigating the hacking that occurred due to the introduction of Russian military hackers into the software of the company “Solarwind.”
The acting director of the Information and Cybersecurity Division of the Department of the Interior, Brandon Wales, testified to the relevant Senate Committee.
He said his unit is working with the FBI and other agencies to get a more complete picture of what happened. It was from colleagues in the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the Department of Homeland Security learned about the incident.
“We received the information fairly quickly, the FBI is currently awaiting additional technical information about what exactly happened to the Colonial Pipeline, and we can use this information to provide the necessary support to critical infrastructure in the future,” the official said.
This weekend, the largest oil carrier on the East Coast of the United States was the victim of a hacker attack. It supplies 45 percent of the fuel used by Americans in the northeastern United States. In the state of North Carolina, a state of emergency has been declared, and authorities are trying to prevent a possible fuel spill.
Members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee were also interested in the progress of the investigation into the hacking, which occurred due to the introduction of Russian military hackers into the software company “Solarwind.” Because of this cyberattack, attackers gained access to the information of hundreds of companies and at least five government agencies, including health and trade.
Brandon Wells said: “This operation was carefully planned, it was carried out by the Russian military intelligence, which was able to introduce malicious code through the software and its updates, sending it to thousands of victims. The primary task was to gain access to important but unclassified information.” The official also noted that after the Solarwind case, cooperation between private and public companies that identified the threat and informed the Department of Homeland Security has become particularly productive.