In the Southeastern United States, the auto-oblists have built up reserves. This results in long queues to refuel and in some places the gasoline has even completely disappeared. The panic was caused by a pipeline, the Colonial Pipeline, hacked by cybercriminals.
“In seven large states on the east coast of the United States, there are queues at pumps or the fuel has run out,” said US correspondent Jan Postma from Washington. In the state of Georgia, ten to twenty percent of pumps are empty, in North Carolina and Virginia, emergency regulations are in place to transport fuel by train or truck. In Georgia, the fuel tax will be temporarily reduced to offset the rapid rise in prices ”.
The Colonial Pipeline is a kind of fuel aorta, it carries 45% of the fuel for the east coast of the United States. Postma has already seen people with jerry cans, according to the correspondent the first fighting has already broken out. “The last time gasoline was this expensive was in 1998.”
The colonial pipeline was probably hacked by Dark Side, a Russian party. Much is unclear, President Biden says it is not Putin who is behind this, but criminals acting on their own and wanting a ransom. “It shows how vulnerable this important infrastructure is to these kinds of attacks.”