After Colonial Pipeline—a company that oversees the country’s largest pipeline system, which runs fuel and gasoline across 5,500 miles of land from the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Coast—was struck by a ransomware attack last week, concern is rampant that the pipeline’s prolonged shutdown could create a nationwide gas shortage.
Could that affect you? Read on . . .
REMIND ME, WHAT HAPPENED?
For-profit ransomware group DarkSide seized control of Colonial Pipeline’s computer operations on May 7, in what was the largest cyberattack on oil infrastructure in United States history. The entire network was forced to shut down and has yet to power back up. In the meantime, thousands of gas stations spanning Texas to New York had their central artery cut off.