Gas shortage 2021 – Gas stations ‘could run out of fuel TODAY’ after DarkSide attack on Colonial Pipeline
GAS stations could run out of fuel starting TODAY after a major US pipeline was hit by a huge cyberattack, according to some experts.
The cyber hack, branded an "act of war" by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, forced fuel stations along the East Coast to shut up shop due to fuel shortages.
The pipeline transports roughly 45 percent of all fuel used on the East Coast.
Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at fuel-savings app GasBuddy, told USA Today widespread outages could hit from Tuesday.
"Nobody is out yet, but we’re probably right on the cusp," he said.
"Today, tomorrow, especially Wednesday, you're going to see some outages."
A Russian crime group named "DarkSide" is allegedly behind the ransomware attack that led to the chaos.
DarkSide targets large corporations for ransom by capturing the victim's confidential data and threatening to leak it if the ransom isn't paid.
It is not known what the Colonial Pipeline ransom is, if it is being negotiated, or if it has been paid.
Several East Coast states are served by the Colonial Pipeline, and some of them are seeing fuel shortages in the wake of the temporary shutdown.
90 U.S. military installations are also served by the pipeline.
In addition, 26 oil refineries are also served by the important pipeline, Bloomberg reports.
TWO SIMILAR CYBERATTACKS CAME BEFORE THE COLONIAL PIPELINE HACK
The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack came just months after two other major attacks on American computer networks.
These include the Solar Winds hack, which was believed to have been carried out by Russia, and a hack attempt on Microsoft, which was thought to be the work of China.
WILL GAS PRICES GO UP DUE TO FUEL SHORTAGE?
The national gas price average jumped six cents to $2.96 on Monday, according to AAA.
That was just a few days after the Colonial Pipeline was temporarily shut down in the wake of a cyberattack last week.
"Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee, and the east coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and price increases, as early as this week," AAA spokesperson Jeanette McGee said.
"These states may see prices increase three to seven cents this week."