Gas shortages live updates – Nearly 90% of Washington, DC's stations are OUT of fuel because of panic-buying after hack

THERE are only about one out of 10 gas stations in Washington D.C. that still has gas after a massive panic-buy ensued following the gas shortage due to the Colonial Pipeline hack.

By late afternoon on Friday, over 80 percent of gas stations in DC, almost half of those in Virginia, and about 40 percent of stations in Maryland were out of gas.

The gas shortage currently crippling much of the Southeast is expected to last DAYS – despite fuel deliveries resuming.

The pipeline was held hostage by hackers who have identified themselves as a criminal group called the Darkside, who were allegedly paid $5 million to release control back to Colonial Pipeline Co.

The cyberhack, branded an "act of war" by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, forced gas stations along the East Coast to shut up shop due to fuel shortages.

The 5,500 mile Colonial Pipeline, which transports 2.5million barrels of gas per day between Texas and New Jersey, was shut down on Friday evening after a ransomware attack was launched.

The pipeline was back up and running as of 5pm Wednesday, however, officials say it will take a number of days until operations are back to normal.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at fuel-savings app GasBuddy, told USA Today people will likely see the gas outage numbers peak over the next two days.

"I think that by Memorial Day or shortly after, that it won't be such a project to fill your tank back up," he said.

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.

Colonial Pipeline paid the hacking group nearly $5 million on Friday to release their servers, Bloomberg reported.

Gas shortages have caused concern that there will be major travel issues ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.

Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., is reporting that gas prices in the greater DC area — which includes Virginia and Maryland — have been surging as people continue to stock up on fuel.

This is causing concern that there will be "major travel concerns" for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Catherina Gioino

    NEWT GINGRICH SAYS HACKERS BEHIND COLONIAL PIPELINE SHUTDOWN SHOULD BE EXECUTED FOR ‘ACT OF WAR’

    During an interview with Sean Hannity on Monday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that he believes Joe Biden should be authorized “to order the killings of anybody overseas” found to be responsible for Friday’s hack.

    “On the national security part, let me say, we ought to pass a law immediately that makes this kind of hacking subject to a death penalty.

    “And the law should include a provision that the president through a judicial process should be able to order the killing of anybody overseas who is doing this,” Gingrich said.

    The Republican later added that a “great country cannot allow people to come in and have no consequences and then wait for the next attack.”

  • Catherina Gioino

    EXPERT WARNS THAT SYSTEMS THAT CONTROL PIPELINES SHOULD NOT BE CONNECTED TO INTERNET

    Mike Chapple, a former computer scientist with the National Security Agency, said systems that control pipelines shouldn’t be connected to the internet.

    This leaves them vulnerable to cyber intrusions, he said, after the Colonial Pipeline was hacked, leading to a major disruption in service.

    “The attacks were extremely sophisticated and they were able to defeat some pretty sophisticated security controls, or the right degree of security controls weren’t in place,” Chapple said.

  • Catherina Gioino

    COLONIAL PIPELINE MAKING PROGRESS AFTER SHUTDOWN

    The Colonial Pipeline Company issued a statement Tuesday evening about their effort to get the critical infrastructure and their system back online.

    “Colonial Pipeline continues to make forward progress in our around-the-clock efforts to return our system to service, with additional laterals operating manually to deliver existing inventories to markets along the pipeline,” the statement says.

    “Markets experiencing supply constraints and/or not serviced by other fuel delivery systems are being prioritized.”

    “We are collaborating with the Department of Energy (DOE) to evaluate market conditions to support this prioritization.”

  • Catherina Gioino

    COLONIAL PIPELINE CYBER ATTACK COMES AFTER TWO OTHER SIMILAR ATTACKS

    The Colonial Pipeline was hit with a cyberattack on Friday, and it’s not yet clear who launched the attack.

    The Pipeline was temporarily shut down after the hack.

    The attack comes just months after two other major attacks on American computer networks – the Solar Winds hack, which was believed to have been carried out by Russia, and an hack attempt on Microsoft, which is thought to be the work of China.

  • Catherina Gioino

    HOW MANY STATES ARE SUPPLIED GAS BY THE COLONIAL PIPELINE?

    Gas prices are surging in some areas and supplies are running out entirely at some pumps after a cyberattack last week on the Colonial Pipeline.

    The Colonial Pipeline supplies 100 million gallons of fuel every day to 18 different states.

    It also serves 90 US military installations and 26 oil refineries.

    Average retail gas prices in the US have risen to almost $3 per gallon after the pipeline was temporarily shut down in the wake of the attack.

  • Olivia Burke

    WHY IS THERE A FUEL SHORTAGE AFTER THE HACK?

    The Colonial Pipeline was hit with a cyberattack last week, and its temporary shut down may lead to fuel shortages in several regions.

    The hack has led to a rise in gas prices as supplies drop along the pipeline’s main supply lines along the East Coast.  

    Some gas stations across the US were reportedly running out of fuel on Tuesday, May, 11.

    North Carolina declared a state of emergency to mitigate any disruption, and AAA spokesman, Jeanette McGee, said Tuesday: “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.”

  • Olivia Burke

    AMERICANS DEMAND FOURTH CHECK AFTER GAS SHORTAGE

    Americans are demanding a fourth stimulus check after the Colonial Pipeline hack.

    Following the gas shortage, some people have asked for more cash due to the inconvenience and potential hike in prices.

    “We need another stimulus check after this gas line bs,” one person wrote on Twitter.

    Meanwhile, another echoed the sentiments, demanding: “Can we expect a third stimulus check for gas money$$$??”

  • Olivia Burke

    TRUMP MOCKED BIDEN OVER FUEL CRISIS

    Former President Donald Trump mocked Joe Biden, comparing him to Jimmy Carter and saying the commander in chief “created the gas and border crises.”

    Taking to his personal website on Wednesday, former President Trump, 74, claimed Biden “has had the worst start of any president in United States history, and someday, they will compare future disasters to the Biden Administration.”

    “I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter,” Trump wrote. “It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter.

    “Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis. First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a Crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis.”

    While it was clear Trump didn’t think much of Carter’s time in the White House, he ended his post by stating “Jimmy was better” than Biden.

  • Olivia Burke

    BIDEN SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TARGETING CYBER THREATS

    In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline hack, President Biden signed an executive order aimed at improving cybersecurity.

    “The Colonial Pipeline incident is a sobering reminder that our nation faces sophisticated cyber threats,” the White House tweeted.

    The executive order will improve protections on federal networks and update outdated cybersecurity.

  • Olivia Burke

    DARKSIDE CLAIMS THEY AIMED TO MAKE MONEY NOT CAUSE CHAOS

    DarkSide, the group behind the Colonial Pipeline hack, claims they didn’t mean to cause chaos with the cyberattack.

    The group, which is made up of a cohort of veteran hackers, compromised the 5,500-mile pipeline with a ransomware attack last Friday.

    DarkSide published a statement to the dark web after the FBI named the group as being behind the hack.

    “Our goal is to make money and not creating problems for society,” the statement read.

    “From today, we introduce moderation and check each company that our partners want to encrypt to avoid social consequences in the future.”

  • Olivia Burke

    NORTH CAROLINA WILL INVESTIGATE PRICE GOUGING COMPLAINTS

    North Carolina will investigate the 622 price gouging complaints it received regarding the gas shortages, the state Attorney General announced.

    "Each complaint will cause an investigation and we will do that investigation. If if I find price gougers, I'll hold them accountable," Attorney General Josh Stein told CNN.

    He explained that price gouging laws in the state are come into force when a state of emergency is declared – which Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday evening.

    "What it prohibits is sellers taking advantage of people's desperation to make a quick buck. 

    "So if a gas station has their supply and underground storage tank that they pay X dollars on, they can't raise the price on that just because folks are desperate," Stein said.

  • Olivia Burke

    RUSSIA NOT INVOLVED IN THE RANSOMWARE ATTACK, BIDEN SAYS

    President Joe Biden told Americans he was "confident" that Vladimir Putin or the Russian government were not behind the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.

    "I am confident that I've read the report of the FBI accurately. And they say they were not, he was not, the government was not," he said.

    "But we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia.

    "We have been in direct communications with Moscow about the imperative for responsible countries to take decisive action against these ransomware networks. 

    We're also going to pursue a measure to disrupt their ability to operate. And our Justice Department has launched a new task force dedicated to prosecuting ransomware attackers to the full extent of the law,” Biden continued. 

  • Olivia Burke

    WHAT DID JOE BIDEN SAY ABOUT THE GAS SUPPLY BEING BACK?

    President Joe Biden celebrated the news of the fuel supply flowing again, but told Americans: "it is not like flicking on a light switch".

    He urged people to be calm and not panic buy, while encouraging gas stations not to hike up prices.

    "They should be reaching full operational capacity as we speak, as I speak to you right now. That is good news," he said on Thursday.

    "But I want to be clear. You will not feel the effects at the pump immediately. This is not like flicking on a light switch."

  • Olivia Burke

    DID COLONIAL PIPELINE PAY THE HACKERS RANSOM?

    The Colonial Pipeline Co. reportedly paid a $5 million ransom to the organised crime group known as 'DarkSide' to release the fuel-shipping system.

    According to Bloomberg, "Once they received the payment, the hackers provided the operator with a decrypting tool to restore its disabled computer network.

    "The tool was so slow that the company continued using its own backups to help restore the system, one of the people familiar with the company’s efforts said."

    The hack crippled the system for several days, causing chaos for the Southeastern region's fuel supply.

  • Olivia Burke

    "DON'T FILL UP PLASTIC BAGS WITH PETROL"

    A US safety body has told people not to fill up plastic bags with petrol and only to use approved containers, as drivers continue to fight over fuel.

    The US Consumer Product Safety Commission also tweeted: "When using a gas canister, never pour gasoline over or near an open flame.

    "Flame jetting is a sudden and possibly violent flash fire that can occur when pouring flammable liquids from a container."

  • Chris Bradford

    WATCH: SHOCKING MOMENT BRAWL ERUPTS AT GAS PUMP AS COLONIAL PIPE SHUTDOWN TRIGGERS $50 GAS RATIONING

    Shock moment brawl erupts at gas pump and drivers SPIT at each other as Colonial Pipeline hack triggers $50 gas rationing

     

  • Chris Bradford

    TRUMP TAUNTS BIDEN OVER FUEL CRISIS

    Former President Donald Trump has mocked Joe Biden, comparing him to Jimmy Carter and saying the commander in chief “created the gas and border crises.”

    Taking to his personal website on Wednesday, the ex-president, 74, claimed Biden “has had the worst start of any president in United States history, and someday, they will compare future disasters to the Biden Administration.”

    “I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter,” Trump wrote. “It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter.

    “Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis. First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a Crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis.”

    While it was clear Trump didn’t think much of Carter’s time in the White House, he ended his post by stating “Jimmy was better” than Biden.

  • Chris Bradford

    'CRACKING DOWN'

    President Biden held a press conference yesterday discussing the hack but insisted he had “no comment” on whether or not he was briefed about the reported ransom payment.

    He also warned that his administration would be cracking down on price gougers, with the nation’s average fuel prices currently at a seven-year high of $3.02 per gallon.

    Biden said: “Do not take advantage of customers during this time.

    “Nobody should be doing this, this is what the hackers are trying to do. That’s what they’re about, it’s not who we are.”

    The president also called for calm amid reports of panic buying and fighting at the pumps.

    “Don’t panic,” Biden said, adding that he knows the current situation may “seem extremely stressful – but it’s temporary.”

  • Chris Bradford

    PLAN AHEAD

    The American Automobile Association (AAA) has provided a series of tips for motorists traveling in the south and southeast of the country this weekend.

    • Drivers should plan journeys in advance.
    • Refuel before reaching your destination.
    • Don't travel with a container carrying extra fuel in your vehicle.
    • Drive when the roads are quiet.
    • Pack lightly and avoid using a roof rack.

     

    WHO ARE DARKSIDE?

    DarkSide is a ransomware group linked to an extortion attempt that has snared fuel deliveries across the US East Coast.

    The criminal gang may be new, but that doesn’t mean its hackers are amateurs, according to Reuters.

    Cybersecurity experts who have tracked DarkSide said it appears to be composed of veteran cybercriminals who are focused on squeezing out as much money as they can from their targets.

    Lior Div, the chief executive of security firm Cybereason, said on Sunday: "They're very new but they're very organized."

    WATCH: BIDEN SAYS HE HAS 'NO COMMENT' WHEN ASKED IF HE WAS BRIEFED ABOUT REPORTED RANSOM PAYMENT

     

    • Chris Bradford

      GAS MONEY

      Americans are demanding a fourth stimulus check after the Colonial Pipeline hack.

      After President Biden signed a third stimulus check into legislation earlier this year, many people have been hoping for more cash.

      Following the gas shortage, some people have asked for more cash due to the inconvenience and potential hike in prices.

      “We need another stimulus check after this gas line bs,” one person wrote on Twitter.

      Meanwhile, another echoed the sentiments, demanding: “Can we expect a third stimulus check for gas money$$$??”

      A Change.org petition calling for monthly recurring checks of $2,000 has racked up over two million signatures.

    • Chris Bradford

      FUEL FEARS

      Colonial Pipeline powered down its fuel distribution operations after the cyber hack because it had no way to bill customers, according to reports.

      The oil company was said to be "concerned that they wouldn’t be able to figure out how much to bill customers for fuel that they received."

      CNN and cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter reported that Colonial's inability to account for the fuel usage weighed heavily into their ultimate decision to pull the plug.

      A Colonial rep told the news network: "In response to the cybersecurity attack on our system, we proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems."

      Last weekend, Zetter detailed how the company’s centralized “flow computer” that keeps tabs of its fuel distribution and then tickets its users was breached.

      The oil company has been reeling ever since the May 7 cyberattack stalled petrol pumps throughout the East Coast bringing about a nationwide gas shortage.

    • Chris Bradford

      DON'T BE A GASHOLE

      The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged Americans not to fill plastic bags with gas amid a widespread fuel shortage.

      The bizarre warning was issued on Wednesday after motorists in several states began stockpiling gas after the Colonial Pipeline hack led to a fuel shortage.

      Some images began circulating online that appeared to show people filling plastic bags and other makeshift containers with gas, however, it was later determined that the photos were from a gas shortage in the past – not the current one.

      The Commission tweeted: "We know this sounds simple, but when people get desperate they stop thinking clearly.

      "They take risks that can have deadly consequences. If you know someone who is thinking about bringing a container not meant for fuel to get gas, please let them know it's dangerous."

    • Chris Bradford

      'HACK A PREVIEW OF BIDEN'S POLICIES', SAYS GOP CHAIRWOMAN

      GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel claims the Colonial Pipeline cyber hack is a "preview" to the "damage" Joe Biden's environmental policies will cause.

      She tweeted last night: “Shutting down pipelines and banning fossil fuels…

      “The Colonial Pipeline hack is actually a preview of the damage Biden’s Green New Deal policies will do.

      “His pledge to ‘end fossil fuels’ means higher prices and energy shortages.”

      Last month, the president previously pledged to cut US fossil fuel emissions by up to 52 per cent by 2030.

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