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Gas crunch from cyberattack intensifies in nation's capital

Pipeline Cybersecurity Attack
Posted at 5:50 AM, May 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-16 05:50:49-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gas shortages have spread from the South, almost exhausting supplies in Washington, D.C. The runs on gasoline follow a ransomware attack that forced the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline to shut down.

Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline reported making “substantial progress” in getting the pipeline back in full service. Meanwhile, multiple sources reported that Colonial paid the criminals nearly $5 million in cryptocurrency for a software decryption key to unscramble their network.

President Joe Biden said Thursday that his administration would seek to put the responsible Russian-speaking ransomware gang out of business. The gang's operators said they were shutting down, but cybersecurity experts warned it could be an “exit scam.”