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All hands are on deck in the Biden Administration in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline shutdown. A security breach forced the move and now, gas stations in the South are already running on empty. At issue? More than five-thousand miles of a pipeline that serves the South and the East Coast were shut down after a cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline’s computer system.

There are reports of stations running out of fuel around the South. Apart from shortages, the pipeline shutdown is also expected to cause prices to spike. If there’s good news, it’s that the pipeline is preparing to come back online – as officials say they hope to restore full service by the end of the week.

In a statement, Colonial said it’s working closely with the Energy Department which is “leading and coordinating the federal government’s response.” The company added the situation “remains fluid” and it’s following an incremental approach with safety and compliance driving its decisions.

Some things you might have missed…

  • The pipeline transports about 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, jet fuel and other petroleum products from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast
  • While it’s believed the hackers responsible for the attack are operating inside Russia, President Biden says that he doesn’t believe the Kremlin itself is responsible. “I’m going to have a conversation, I’m going to be meeting with President Putin,” Biden said at the White House yesterday. “And, so far, there is no evidence based on, from our intelligence people, that Russia is involved, although there is evidence that the actor’s ransomware is in Russia. They have some responsibility to deal with this.”
  • The hacker group – known as DarkSide? They say they didn’t mean to cause such a hassle. In an uncorroborated statement DarkSide reportedly claims they wouldn’t target schools, universities, hospitals, hospices, non-profit bodies and the government “based on its principles.” That they’re apolitical. “”We do not participate in geopolitics,” the group noted. “You do not need to tie us with a defined government and look for… our motives.” The gang reportedly stole almost 100 gigabytes of data hostage.

Read the full article here.

SOURCE: NBC News