US struggles with fuel shortages: Colonial Pipeline Company gives update on DarkSide ransomware hack

The 5500-mile pipeline on the east coast is rushing to get back online, but it might not be in time to meet consumer demand.

Nick Monroe Cleveland Ohio

Over the weekend the pipeline responsible for 45% of America’s fuel was taken offline by a ransomware attack.

According to Bloomberg, Colonial Pipeline's CEO says they're working on a restart plan but they have to wait until the ransomware is removed to get back to work.

While the pipeline is still out of commission, the good news is that the company is manually operating a “segment of the pipeline running from North Carolina to Maryland and expects to substantially restore all service by the weekend.”

However America is already starting to see lines at gas stations, with people waiting to fill up.

The group behind the Colonial Pipeline hack attack against a critical part of American infrastructure in the United States is reportedly a “relatively new group” called DarkSide. The FBI confirmed Bloomberg’s reporting.

Per CNBC DarkSide program and advertise their own suite of hacking tools, selling to others for use in cyberattacks. However the outlet has learned more about the intentions of DarkSide.

“We are apolitical, we do not participate in geopolitics, do not need to tie us with a defined government and look for our motives. Our goal is to make money, and not creating problems for society. From today we introduce moderation and check each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future.”

However Bloomberg’s reporting says nearly 100 GB of data was stolen from the company in just two hours, back last Thursday.


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