A Look at the Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

In early May 2021, Colonial Pipeline, which is one of the largest pipeline operators in the US, was hit with a ransomware attack. This resulted in fuel shortages and was yet another example of a large-scale malware attack in 2021.

Let's look at what happened in this attack, what the consequences were, and what we can learn from it.

A New Dell Vulnerability Affects an Enormous Amount of PCs

On May 4, 2021, security firm SentinelLabs released details about a security flaw in Dell machines that allows anyone with physical access to the computer to gain elevated privileges. This vulnerability has been around for over a decade, making hundreds of millions of computers vulnerable.