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Thousands of gas stations in multiple states run out of fuel following Colonial Pipeline shut-down

A Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline fell victim to a cyberattack over the weekend, causing multiple states in the U.S. to be out of gas. The attack was on a critical infrastructure.

Governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia have declared state of emergency. According to the app GasBuddy in Florida only 16% of gas stations have gas, Tennessee 19%, North Carolina 67% and the situation for now is only expected to increase. Colonial Pipeline, the nation’s largest in the nation, was cyber attacked on Friday. So far they have not provided details of the issue. The chaos was caused due to the decision of the firm of turning off the systems to contain the thread. They have launched an investigation to get every detail of the cyberattack, also contacted law enforcement and federal agencies.

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has stated that “Things will be back to normal soon” but that it’s just a matter of time, since the Colonial pipeline will not be back to normal and fully operational before the weekend. Granholm also urged Americans not to hoard gas, and the gas station owners to “act responsibly” and avoid price gouging during this crisis. In the meantime hundreds of Americans has been showing the situation on gas stations in social media, as their concern of not having gas, sparking panic across the nation.

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ARTICLE: JENNIFER BARRETO-LEYVA

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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