A suspected class action lawsuit alleging negligence on the part of Colonial Pipeline Co. led to the ransomware attack that led to the closure of its pipeline and the increase in gasoline prices filed against the company.
The ransomware hack that led to the closure of the pipeline "caused significant disruption to the US economy and harmed consumers and end users by causing gas shortages and excessive gas prices in areas affected by the pipeline's lack of service," the lawsuit filed. Tuesday in the U.S. District. Court of Atlanta Ramon Dickerson v. CDPQ Colonial Partners, LP et.
Mr. Dickerson is identified as a resident of North Carolina who bought gasoline that cost more than it should have but for shutting down the pipeline.
"The defendant obliges the plaintiff and the class members to use adequate cyber security measures to keep the colonial pipeline safe and the defendant continues to violate this duty by not using reasonable measures to protect his systems (and thus the pipeline)," the lawsuit states.
A corporate spokesman for Alpharetta, Georgia-based, privately held company said in a statement, "We are aware of this application, but as it is an ongoing legal issue, we will not comment."
Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount has admitted to the Wall Street Journal that his company paid a $ 4.4 million ransom to hackers because executives were unsure how badly its system was broken or how long it would take to repair the pipeline.