THE gas shortage currently crippling much of the Southeast is expected to last until at least Memorial Day as Colonial Pipeline allegedly pays the hackers responsible for the attack $5m.
The cyberhack, branded an “act of war” by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, forced gas stations along the East Coast to shut up shop due to fuel shortages.
The pipeline was back up and running as of 5pm Wednesday, however, officials say it will take a number of days until operations are back to normal.
Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at fuel-savings app GasBuddy, told USA Today people will likely see the gas outage numbers peak over the next two days.
“I think that by Memorial Day or shortly after, that it won’t be such a project to fill your tank back up,” he said.
A Russian crime group named “DarkSide” is allegedly behind the ransomware attack that led to the chaos.
DarkSide targets large corporations for ransom by capturing the victim’s confidential data and threatening to leak it if the ransom isn’t paid.
Colonial Pipeline paid the hacking group nearly $5 million on Friday to release their servers, Bloomberg reported.