Energy Transfer Partners said on Monday that the data system for its pipeline network was hit by a cyber attack.
The attack did not affect Energy Transfer’s pipeline systems or its operations but instead targeted the electronic data interchange system that facilitates transactions over oil and gas moving through its pipelines, which is managed by a contractor for Energy Transfer, Latitude Technology.
Energy Transfer said it is evaluating Latitude’s status and will be testing for the safety of file transactions.
The cyber attack looks to be financially motivated and not related to a nation-state attack, according to Patrick McBride, CMO of cybersecurity firm Claroty. He added that whoever conducted the attack was most likely attempting to monetize competitive information.
The cybercriminals are still unknown.