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2138, 10 May 21

Pipeline Hack Causes Shortages

These pipelines seem kind of important.

Gas stations from Florida to Atlanta to Virginia are closing their pumps due to a fuel shortage brought on by the Colonial Pipeline hack – and a state of emergency has been declared by the governor of North Carolina.


American Airlines was adding stops to two of its long-haul flights from its Charlotte, North Carolina hub, CNBC reported, as a likely effort to conserve fuel in areas where it could run short.


The 5,500 mile Colonial Pipeline was shut down on Friday evening by the company when the ransomware attack was launched. Service was gradually being restored on Monday.




The pipeline supplies 45 per cent of all the East Coast’s fuel needs, including Atlanta’s airport – the world’s busiest, by passenger traffic. The pipeline also serves 90 U.S. military installations and 26 oil refineries.

But at least the hackers care… I guess.

The hack is thought to have been carried out by DarkSide, a Russian-based hacking group.


On Monday the group posted an apology on the dark web, Vice reported, and said they did not want ‘social consequences’, nor did they seek political influence.


‘We are apolitical, we do not participate in geopolitics, do not need to tie us with a defined government and look for other our motives,’ they wrote.


‘Our goal is to make money and not creating problems for society.


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


2138, 10 May 2021


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Can we call Biden a “hacker” for shutting down Keystone?

    When can we arrest him?

  2. Merlin

    Quiet, extrajudicial solutions for ransomware hackers would alter the risk/reward equation quite a bit. Make it an ultimate high stakes game.

  3. Mar

    “When can we arrest him?
    Probably not arrest him since he is mentally incompetent.
    But he could go to a mental institution, like Winnebago and be Le Roi’s roommate.

  4. Tuerqas

    What polite hackers. They really care and will take measures to only steal, I mean make money from a-social sources in the future. Next they will promise a Care bear hugs package to every victim, er, client.

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