An FBI reports that Darkside, based in Russia, is the criminal hacker group that tapped into the most significant U.S. fuel pipeline system, Colonial Pipeline.
“The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of Colonial Pipeline’s networks. We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation,” the entity communicated according to alternative media outlet Just The News on May 11.
The giant pipeline transports more than 100 million gallons of fuel a day from Houston to Linden, N.J., but was shut down after a cyberattack on the corporation’s computer systems that manage it.
Colonial Pipeline, responsible for delivering 45% of the East Coast’s fuel supply, suspended its entire pipeline network and some of its computer networks on Friday, subjecting users in the region to impending shortages.
Some fuel distribution stations have already closed, and in others, drivers are forming long lines to fill up their vehicles, while in the meantime, it is hoped that panic will not set in. Twitter user @RosaPilgrim contributes a video, saying, “Gas stations are running out of gas.”
Gas stations are running out of gas. pic.twitter.com/ywcbEW20Bq
— QueenofHearts (@RosaPilgrim) May 11, 2021
Darkside criminals announced their criminality in August 2020, and among their victims are supposed to be only large corporations, which they extort by demanding vast amounts of money.
According to their approach, the hackers hijack data from the victim’s server, encrypt it and charge for restoring it. If their demands are not met, they threaten to publish the information on the dark web, thus putting pressure on the victims.
According to Fox News, the compromised companies could be as many as 80, spread across the U.S. and Europe.
A spokesman for research firm IHS Markit, Debnil Chowdhury, estimates that repairs to the damage caused by Darkside could take weeks, causing a consequent increase in gasoline prices for end-users.
Before inventories are depleted, Colonial Pipeline works flat out to “restore pipeline operations quickly and safely.”
“We continue to assess product inventory in storage tanks at our facilities and others throughout our system and are working with our shippers to move this product to terminals for local delivery,” the company communicated, according to Fox News.
As an administrative measure to help manage the circumstances and improve the chances of restoring service, 17 states and D.C. declared a state of emergency.
To satisfy his party’s leftist agenda, the Biden administration reversed the robust energy stability put in place by then-President Donald Trump. It also returned to the controversial Paris Agreement and Green Deal theories.
The president’s approach affected several major energy projects, and hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost or are threatened, darkening the outlook for the country’s economic development.
Following the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline as part of President Biden’s new policies aimed at destroying the traditional energy sector, the Dakota Access pipeline is now in jeopardy.
The Dakota Access is a 1,172-mile (2,850 km), 30-inch-diameter subway pipeline that transports crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks production area in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.
The pipeline has been a factor in keeping gasoline prices low. It is the main pipeline that transports oil from North Dakota, the second-largest oil-producing state.