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U.S. East Coast faced fuel shortage after hacker attack on Colonial Pipeline facility

Source : 112 Ukraine

Car repair shops stopped working in a dozen of states
14:15, 14 May 2021

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A dozen of states on the U.S. East Coast suffered fuel shortage after the brief shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline company's facility. That, in turn, was caused by the hacker attack on the inftrastructure. 

According to The Associated Press, in some places, car drivers found gas stations wrapped in plastic bags. Car repair shops stopped working. GasBuddy.com reports that 70% of gas stations in North Carolina ran out of fuel due to panic-driven procurement. About a half of gas stations in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia are shut down. About 73 percent of fuel stations in Washington, D.C. did not work, either.

On Thursday, when the pipeline resumed working, the company based in Georgia claimed that gas supplies reach all of its markets. However, it will take several days to get things back to normal.

Related: Major US pipeline shuts fuel lines after cyberattack

"President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. officials do not believe the Russian government was involved in the hack of the Colonial Pipeline, which stretches from Texas to New Jersey. But he added, “We do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia. That’s where it came from.” A cyberattack by hackers who lock up computer systems and demand a ransom to release them hit the pipeline on Friday. The hackers did not take control of the pipeline’s operations, but Colonial shut it down to contain the damage", AP reported.

Related: Biden declares emergency after cyberattack on US major fuel pipeline

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