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Colonial CEO at Senate Hearing Details Ransomware Attack


Company's IT Team Was Unaware the VPN Exploited to Gain Entry Existed Doug Olenick (DougOlenick) • June 8, 2021

Colonial Pipeline Co. CEO Joseph Blount testifying on Tuesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Colonial Pipeline Co. CEO Joseph Blount defended his actions during the opening hours of the May 7 DarkSide ransomware attack against his company as several lawmakers on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee grilled the executive for over two hours on Tuesday.

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Senators peppered Blount with multiple questions, including why he decided to pay DarkSide's $4.3 million ransom demand, whether Colonial checked with the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control before paying the ransom, and why the company did not call the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency immediately when the attack happened ...


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