Pipeline Hacking Causes Increase in Gas Demand

After the ransom attack on Colonial Pipeline, American drivers fuel up to make sure they don’t run out of gas.

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Natalia Cullins, Contributor

Colonial Pipeline faced a ransomware attack, which is when the attacker encrypts a victim’s files. Then the attacker demands a ransom from the victim to restore access to the data upon payment (CSOOnline).

Colonial Pipeline is a critical artery for gasoline that supplies nearly half the diesel and gasoline to the East Coast. Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia’s gas demand was up collectively 40.1% says Gas Buddy, an app that tracks fuel prices and demand (CNN).

In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Monday evening which allowed him to temporarily suspend some fuel regulations in aattempt to ensure a sufficient supply of fuel. The Colonial Pipeline hopes to be substantially operational by the end of the week. Authorities believe the hack was carried out by a criminal group called DarkSide, an organized group of hackers who develop and market ransomware hacking tools and sell them to other criminals who carry out the attack (CNBC).