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Gas crunch from cyberattack intensifies in nation’s capital

(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.

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