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.


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).