North Carolina Declares State of Emergency as Gas Supplies Dwindle after Colonial Pipeline Hack

The Governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency following concerns about dwindling gas supply that stems from a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline.

The state of emergency was announced Monday May 10 by Gov. Roy Cooper and was followed by an executive order that halts certain fuel regulations to ensure fuel supply throughout the whole state.

Representatives from the Colonial Pipeline have said that they are committed to reopening the pipeline as soon as possible. Segments of the pipeline are currently being brought back online piece by piece in an effort to mitigate fuel shortages across its distribution area.

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the situation and a White House spokesperson provided comment on the current federal response.

“The federal government is working actively to assess the implications of this incident, avoid disruption to supply, and help the company restore pipeline operations as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said.

The Colonial Pipeline was the subject of a ransomware attack, with key portions of their network locked by hackers until they pay a ransom of an undisclosed amount. 

The FBI has identified the group responsible as DarkSide, a supposedly Russian hacker group that has recently come onto the scene and has been described as a “professionalized” cyber threat.

DarkSide has not responded to requests for comment, which experts believe to indicate that they are in negotiations with the victim (Colonial Pipeline) or that the victim has paid the ransom amount requested.

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