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Colonial Pipeline said the hackers have asked for money—in an undisclosed amount—to free its computers.
The United States government declared a state of emergency on Sunday to deal with the paralysis of the fuel transportation network due to a cyberattack against the company that manages the largest pipeline on the East Coast of the United States.
With the decree, U.S. President Joe Biden authorized the transportation of fuel by road to avoid energy shortages due to the closure of Colonial Pipeline, the largest pipeline network in the country, due to a cyber-attack, the Department of Transportation said in a statement.
Trucks transporting gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, and other products to 17 states in the southern and eastern United States and the District of Columbia will now be able to circulate without time restrictions.
Colonial Pipeline, the leading U.S. pipeline operator, confirmed Saturday that it shut down its entire network, the source of nearly half of the U.S. East Coast's fuel supply, because of a ransomware-type cyberattack.
President Biden says the FBI and Justice Dept. are prepared to "disrupt and prosecute" ransomware criminals following the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.https://t.co/NenraPzYXi