Story at a glance

  • Following a cyber assault on the Colonial fuel pipeline, North Carolina declared a state of emergency.
  • Gov. Roy Cooper is looking to prevent fuel shortages by waiving requirements for vehicles for 30 days.
  • Officials aim to have the pipeline largely restored by the end of this week.

In response to the shutdown of North Carolina’s Colonial Pipeline, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) declared a state of emergency on Monday.

The pipeline, which shuttles up to 3 million gallons of gasoline and other types of fuel up and down the East Coast of the U.S., fell victim to a cyber attack on May 7. 

Agents at the FBI have since confirmed the online hacker group DarkSide was responsible for the attack and subsequent operating difficulties.

“Today’s emergency declaration will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel supply interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to have access to fuel,” said Cooper.

Part of the executive order waived fuel requirements in order to keep fuel supplies adequate throughout the state.

Since the attack, officials at Colonial are working to restore operations. They reportedly told local outlets that they aim to have service primarily restored by the end of this week, and that there is currently no fuel shortage.

DarkSide is thought to be a hacker group headquartered in former Soviet nations. They have stated that they are an apolitical organization and are primarily interested in extortion via the use of their ransomware.

In Washington, D.C., President Biden’s team announced their commitment to helping resolve the issue. 


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Published on May 11, 2021