Colonial Pipeline storage tanks are seen in Woodbridge, N.J., Monday, May 10, 2021.
Should Colonial Pipeline have paid the hackers?
03:40 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Ransomware attackers gained access to Colonial Pipeline’s computer networks in April using a compromised password, according to the company and a cybersecurity firm it hired – leading to the deliberate shutdown of one of America’s most important fuel distribution companies and the panic gas buying that ensued for days.

The password had been linked to a disused virtual private networking account used for remote access, FireEye confirmed to CNN, and the account was not guarded by an extra layer of security known as multi-factor authentication.