This is only going to get worse with time. From Bloomberg:
Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the country’s largest fuel pipeline, according to two people familiar with the transaction.
The company paid the hefty ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency within hours after the attack, underscoring the immense pressure faced by the Georgia-based operator to get gasoline and jet fuel flowing again to major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, those people said. A third person familiar with the situation said U.S. government officials are aware that Colonial made the payment.
Now that ‘they’ (whoever ‘they’ really is as I covered in the latest Radio Contra) have a taste of success and recognize the seam and gap present in a major component of our infrastructure, this is going to get more spicy with time.