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London — Even if US firm Colonial Pipeline restores supplies by the end of this week, the ransomware attack that hit the pipeline supplying 45% of East Coast US fuel has already been among the most disruptive cyberattacks in recent history.

Details on the incident remain relatively limited — Colonial Pipeline is a privately owned firm created by big US oil companies and has kept tight-lipped. But Federal investigators say the firm had sensitive corporate data stolen and encrypted by cybercrime organisation DarkSide, prompting the Colonial to shut down fuel shipments as a safety precaution in case the hackers have access to other parts of the network that might allow them to do damage...

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