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Cyber attack hits Energy Transfer pipelines

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Bloomberg is reporting that a cyber attack that the electronic communication system used by a major US pipeline network has been overcome.

According to Bloomberg, Energy Transfer Partners LP is confident that, after 6 pm New York time on Monday, files could safely be exchanged through the EDI platform provided by third-party Energy Services Group LLC.

Earlier in the day, the company reported a shutdown of the system because of an attack, while saying there was no effect on the flow of natural gas.

The EDI system conducts business through a computer-to-computer exchange of documents with customers.

Though it’s not clear who was responsible for the attack, it comes after US officials warned in March that Russian hackers are conducting a broad assault on the nation’s electric grid and other targets.

Energy Transfer, run by billionaire Kelcy Warren, is not the only pipeline company using EDI.

Other operators with similar systems include Kinder Morgan Inc. and Tallgrass Energy Partners LP.

The attack didn’t impact operations otherwise and no data was compromised, Vicki Granado, an Energy Transfer spokeswoman.

The company’s wide network of pipeline units includes Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co., Transwestern Pipeline Co. and Rover Pipeline LLC.

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