(Reuters) – Gas supplies were further tightened in parts of the US on Tuesday when hackers shut down the country's largest fuel line on its fifth day, raising concerns about price increases at the pumps ahead of the summer season.
operations at the end of this week after a cyber attack forced it to suspend operations on Friday, stifling nearly half of the East Coast's fuel supply and stressing US vulnerability. energy infrastructure for hackers.
Colonial's website was down early on Tuesday, which Colonial said was a "temporary disruption of service" unrelated to ransomware.
The FBI has accused a shady criminal gang called DarkSide of the ransomware attack. DarkSide is believed to have its headquarters in Russia or Eastern Europe and avoids targeting computers that use languages from former Soviet republics, say cyber experts.
The Russian embassy in the United States on Tuesday rejected speculation that Moscow was responsible for the attack. [1
Ransomware is a type of malware designed to lock computers by encrypting data and demanding.
A statement in DarkSide's name on Monday said: "Our goal is to make money and not create problems for society."
It is unknown how much money the hackers are looking for, and Colonial. has not commented on whether it would pay off. "Encouraging pipelines to voluntarily adopt best practices is an inadequate response," said Richard Glick, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Fuel supply has pushed petrol prices at the pump to a three-year high and demand has increased in some areas served. at the pipeline when motorists fill their tanks.
National average pump prices are approaching the highest levels since May 2014, said the American Automobile Association. The association warned against hoarding and said thinner deliveries further.
If the disturbance extends, fuel suppliers can supply with trucks and railways to compensate for some of the shortcomings. On Sunday, the Ministry of Transport abolished driver restrictions for fuel holders in 17 states affected by the shutdown.
Citgo Petroleum Corp. reduced production at 418,000 barrels per day Lake Charles, Louisiana, refinery and the total reduced gasoline production at its 225,500 barrels per day Port Arthur, Texas, refinery due to the power outage, sources told Reuters on Monday.
US Gulf Coast refineries, including Marathon Petroleum, Valero Energy, Phillips 66 and PBF Energy, booked at least four tankers to store fuel off the Gulf Coast. Catalog