Last week, the FBI confirmed that a ransomware attack organized by a cybercrime group called DarkSide forced the Colonial Pipeline into a voluntary shut down. During the six-day outage, panic buying caused a gas shortage across more than a dozen states in the southeast.
Pipeline Colonial is the most extensive pipeline system for refined oil products in the USA. The stoppage of the pipeline that delivers approximately half of the fuel across the southeast caused nearly 9 out of 10 gas stations in Washington, D.C., to be out of gas. The fuel was not only unavailable but also caused gas stations to increase prices dramatically.