(AP) — Gas shortages have spread from the South, almost exhausting supplies in Washington, D.C.
The runs on gasoline follow a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline.
Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline reported making “substantial progress” in getting the pipeline back in full service.
Meanwhile two sources tell The Associated Press that Colonial paid the criminals about $5 million in cryptocurrency for a software decryption key to unscramble their network.
President Joe Biden said he had no comment on the ransom, but he said his administration would disrupt the hackers and a new task force would prosecute them.