How was your day? It couldn’t have been worse than the US fuel industry’s…
US gas prices hiked 6 cents in the last week due to a cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline, the US’ biggest fuel pipeline. Now, gas prices approach their former 2014 highs. AAA spokeswoman Jeanette McGee said:
The shorter the pipeline shutdown, the better news for motorists.
US officials believe DarkSide, a criminal ransomware organization based on Eastern Europe, could be behind the cyberattack. Ransomware is used by hackers to shut down technological infrastructure until payments are made to unlock computers.
An FBI spokesperson said:
The FBI confirms that the DarkSide ransomware is responsible for the compromise of the Colonial Pipeline networks. We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation.
DarkSide appears to have no connection to foreign governments. Here’s the WSJ with more.