“Gas Run Has Begun” – Fuel Stations Run Dry Amid Hacked Pipeline

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From Zerohedge

Gas shortages are being reported in the Southeast of the US amid the recent cybersecurity attack that temporarily shut down one of the largest pipelines in the US.

Colonial Pipeline Co. Chief Executive Officer Joseph Blount said the company was in the process of restoring its systems but wouldn’t resume fuel shipments until the ransomware had been removed, according to Bloomberg

At the moment, Colonial Pipeline is manually operating a segment of pipeline between North Carolina to Maryland and expects a complete system restore by the weekend. However, gas shortages are already being reported across North Carolina to Florida to Alabama. 

On Monday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency, temporarily suspending motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state.

WLOS’ Caitlyn Penter reported gas shortages in North Carolina

WLOS’ Caitlyn Penter reported gas shortages in North Carolina. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391853595843301376&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

Penter said long gas lines were developing. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=true&id=1391854041899094016&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

WEAR-TV’s Renee Beninate shows that one gas station in Northwest Florida was selling regular gas for $4.29/gallon.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-2&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391885483614081040&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

More people in Florida panic buying fuel for $4.50/gallon. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-3&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391854354634874885&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

In Fitzgerald, Georgia, one Twitter user shows long gas lines at an enmarket gas station. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-4&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391895441063784453&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

One South Carolina gas station was out of unleaded and plus. 

Someone in Myrtle Beach panic hoarded gas. 

People are getting worried about the shortage. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-5&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391918353669885959&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

A massive line of people waiting for fuel in Asheville, North Carolina.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-6&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391914491726766089&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

People waiting to fuel up at one gas station in Plymouth, North Carolina.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-7&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391919857952821254&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

Not sure where, but the run has begun. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-8&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391913587606753280&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

Gas shortage in Atlanta. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-9&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1391923539746328576&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcommodities%2Fgas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline&sessionId=221734362ee4cd123efa4e2d92181278b9014de4&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px

According to Google Search Trends, people started panic searching “gas shortage” around 1300 ET in the Southeast.

So far, nationwide gas prices have surged six cents this week to $2.96 – the highest for this time of year since 2014. If the national average soars to $2.99 or higher this week, it will be the highest since November 2014… and right before the start of summer driving season.

AAA forecasts gas prices are soaring because of the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of all fuel to the East Coast. 

“This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and prices, but the impact will vary regionally. Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee, and the east coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and price increases, as early as this week,” said Jeanette McGee, AAA spokesperson. “These states may see prices increase three to seven cents this week.”

This is beginning to look like the 1970s gas shortage. If the panic just started hours ago – just wait until tomorrow. People will freak. 

https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/gas-run-has-begun-fuel-stations-run-dry-amid-hacked-pipeline

16 COMMENTS

  1. What needs to happen here–And, won’t, with BidenCo. in office, is that they need to find the perpetrators of this and then treat them as having committed an act of war against a sovereign nation-state. As a presumably non-state actor, that means they’ve committed a war crime, and regardless of where they’re located, the rubble needs to dance after we’re done with them.

    Any other action will just encourage more and more of this crap, just like Bush’s half-ass response to 9/11 failed to make a point about non-state actors making war on states. Like as not, this is state-sponsored, or at least, state-known. As was 9/11. The point then, and the point now, is that you have to make a dissuasive example, one such that the next time some bright light gets the idea to emulate bin Laden, they get pulled down and boot-stomped into a thin, red paste by their peers.

    Same-same with this “cyberwar” deal–I promise you this, if they don’t crack down on this and start responding accordingly, it’s just going to escalate until there’s some city somewhere that gets essentially wiped off the face of the earth. You could do it–Hell, I’d lay long odds that I could essentially render Los Angeles and a lot of Southern California essentially uninhabitable and destroy much of it, simply by gaining access to and surreptitiously playing games with their water systems.

    Doesn’t help that all these idiots have put this crap on the Internet, without bothering to think through the security implications thereof. For the life of me, I fail to grasp why on God’s green earth they need to have water plants and all the rest accessible to anyone with Internet access and the requisite passwords… Christ, most places don’t even run two-factor authentication, which you’d think would be mandatory for public works. But, then, I guess I’m just your random paranoic.

    Having done physical security in the Army for quite awhile, I’m here to tell you that most civilian and a lot of military facilities are anything but “hardened”, even against casual penetration and screwing around with. The amount of damage I could do, were I of a mind to be that kind of monster…? Ye Gods and little fishies, you have no idea. None.

    Which is one way you know that the various European and Arab “terrorists” were state-sponsored, and their actions/training carefully calibrated to not be an existential threat, because if they were…? Yeah; WWIII would have been an inevitability. There were things that the Rot Armee Faction could have been doing that would have rendered a lot of West Germany a fucking wasteland, but they never did… And, you know why? Because it would have been counter-productive as all hell for their controllers in the Eastern Bloc.

    It’s actually kind of unfortunate that we don’t have that sort of restraint running the game, today, because these cretins are going to escalate this shit past the point of no return, and I would not be at all surprised to see someone start flinging nukes around over these issues.

    Do remember that the US reputedly blew up a Soviet pipeline back in the ’80s, via handing over “stolen” technology that was supposedly set up to create control issues in their pipeline network. Granted, the Soviets stole that shit, so it was really an “own goal”, but… Still. From what rumors told me, the higher-ups in the intel community had had no idea how much damage that “initiative” might have, and were terrified of the repercussions/blowback on it after the fact. Supposedly, nobody had bothered to inform the National Command Authority, and when a goodly chunk of the Soviet pipeline network went up in a blaze of glory, the President and his people were not at all amused. Or, so one of my informants told me–I’ve never seen corroborating documentation anywhere on that deal. It might very well have been typical Soviet ineptitude, a la Chernobyl.

    • Regan was all in on the effort to leak bad info and tech data to the Soviets to steal and then fuck up their own attempts to recreate US tech. The Book “The Dead Hand’ has a big chunk of it detailing this operation

      • The guy I got this from claimed to have actually been on the periphery of it all, and the story he had was that the full extent and likely effect on the pipeline was not briefed as being the cataclysm it actually worked out to be. It was supposed to be a minor “gotcha”, not a “Good-bye, petrochemical industry across a significant fraction of the Soviet Union…”.

        After the fact, yeah… Reagan owned it, but from what I got from this guy, a few of the people behind it all were in more than a bit of hot water over the extent of the damage. There was considerable behind-the-scenes concessions made to the Soviets to make up for it, supposedly.

        These infrastructure attacks all have one thing in common–They can spiral way, way out of control, and the impact is highly unpredictable. Say that the East Coast loses gas for weeks or months… What’s the economic damage from that? Who pays? Insurance companies have clauses about “acts of war”, and if such a sabotage gets to be determined as such a thing…?

          • I would tend to agree with you, were it not for the fact that I was hearing this shit from him well before they made any public release of it. At the time, I was like “Yeah, sure, right… Whatever, old man… Sure they did… Of course, the Soviets are that fucking stupid…”.

            Then they made the releases of that information, and I’m kinda glad I didn’t voice my opinion at the time.

            It is actually rather scary how transparent a lot of our so-called “intelligence” operations actually are. I was hearing that Stuxnet was a joint Israeli-US project for a considerable length of time before it was admitted (or, at least, alluded to…).

            Just like Able Danger, as another example. I heard vague rumors about that one before it got shut down at the end of the Clinton years, and lo and behold, what do I start hearing about right after 9/11? I was also hearing people telling me all about the bullshit that Jamie Gorelick was doing, and hearing some scuttlebutt about her possibly being a foreign asset, as a possible explanation for her activities. There’s a lot of shop-talk that might-maybe ought to be actually classified, but isn’t, because nothing concrete is being discussed. But, if you read between the lines… The information is there, often in what isn’t mentioned or discussed. Find the holes, make the inferences, and hey! Presto!, there’s your wannabe state secrets. Or, at least, the shit the politicians don’t want you talking about, because that’ll reflect badly on them.

  2. I still remember the energy/gas crunch when I was a kid in the 70’s. My parent’s could only fill their car up on odd/even days. If the last digit of the license plate was an odd number, then they could only fill up on an odd calendar day and vice versa.

    If another sector of the US gets hit with a gas delay like in the southeast sector, I could see the odd/even happening again.

    Funny part of the 70’s was that gas stations limited people to only 20 gallons. Now days, people would laugh at that limit, since modern cars are about 12-18 gallons. Back in the 70’s cars were a lot bigger and a lot less fuel efficient.

    Maybe this will create a black market for gasoline. Thugs will be trading 2 rocks of crack for 2 gallons of gasoline.

    • In one of the gas crunches, my folks had a car that had a > 20 gal tank and one with < 20. They’d take the boat of a car to the gas station on its odd/even day, get their 20 gallons, then siphon it off into the small car that they’d drive around all week till the 20 gallons were gone, then they’d motor the boat back up to the gas station.

  3. What really needs to happen in all of these cyber-attacks is for industry, government and people who need secure computing to all realize the same fact:

    Microsoft’s software is a liability. If you need security in your IT operation, you should excise all Microsoft software from your publically accessible systems. Microsoft’s software quality is utterly excreable, and there’s no way to secure a network running Microsoft-OS servers. Microsoft released a monster patch in April with over 100 bug fixes, and five of them were zero-days. Already in May, they’ve released another bunch of bug fixes, three of them zero-day vulnerabilities.

    This crap software simply cannot be used as the basis for mission-critical systems. The US needs to excise Microsloth’s crap software, starting with Outlook as a mail program, and then working up to elimination of Windows as an OS for critical systems.

    • The problem is, Windows and the Office suite are convenient. Most people can get them to work without too much hassle. Linux is getting better, but it’s not really there yet. MacOS? Well, market share is limited due, among other things, to relatively pricey hardware.

      I suspect that Linux based systems would turn out to be also vulnerable if the platform becomes as popular as Windows. Maybe better by a bit, because of the mostly open source nature (there will always be white hats who poke at such things), and because the different variations will have different vulnerabilities. (The variation also work against broad adoption.) But I suspect, fundamentally, when software becomes as complex as Windows or an equivalently featured OS, there will always be some vulnerability because people make mistakes in the writing as well as in the setup and configuration.

      • I wouldn’t trust the job to Linux systems. Linux is insufficiently stable.

        Instead, I would be looking at a couple of the *BSD’s – in particular OpenBSD, followed by NetBSD. OpenBSD has a far superior mindset about security and reliability than other s/w projects, and it shows.

        re: Windows. Today, users found that their Outlook mail messages are disappearing. Poof. Gone. Just not there – after “patch Tuesday” yesterday.

        The brutal truth is that Microsoft is shipping complete shite code. You can see evidence of this in the numbers of bugs reported in the CVE this year alone. It’s out of control.

        • Wanna know what really, truly cracks me up?

          All these techie-types who at the same time worship at the feet of Bill Gates whenever he pronounces upon some favorite social issue, yet who think he’s the techno Anti-Christ when it comes to his history with MicroSloth.

          Ya ever want to induce brain-lock levels of cognitive dissonance, simply point out all the “bad crap” ol’ Bill was involved with when he was running Microsoft, and how poorly he read the market and actually understood the technology. Then, ask the person who’s all worshipful ‘cos of his activities with toilets and vaccines if they think that the same guy has somehow turned into a friggin’ saint, all of a sudden, or gained any more competence.

          Dude was a very lucky college dropout, which speaks to several things, not the least of which is his lack of actual education outside his narrow technical field. Like Steve Jobs, he just got really, really lucky–If the guys at Digital had been more on their game, and better at dealing with IBM, we’d have never, ever heard of Microsoft outside of some very esoteric tech circles.

          Putting anything from Microsoft into a secure environment is sheer suicidal stupidity. Not the least because they don’t even know what the hell is in their own software, these days, but because they won’t tell you what is there, or that they don’t know. The most stable parts of Windows these days are the bits they’ve “borrowed” from Linux…

          • I was deeply involved with DEC computers in the 80’s, and I have to agree: If KO hadn’t had his head up his backside, DEC could have owned the personal computer market with the LSI-11 chipset and RT-11. DOS (on 8080’s) ripped off RT-11 to the hilt, except in areas of reliability and IO architecture. RT-11 was a vastly superior OS for the single user back then.

            And then when the issue became “Well, it doesn’t support multi-tasking!” there was TSX-11, from S&H, which worked like a charm. A PDP-11/73 with TSX-11 could (and did) support four of us in one office, doing heavy-duty s/w development in the later 80’s, in a machine a tad larger than a tower PC.

            DEC’s incompetence (shipping the Rainbow, and then the castrated PDP-11’s known as the “DECPro-350” as “personal” computers instead of real iron in a better package) left the market open for Gates and his merry band of perverts to wade in and deliver solutions to people who were willing to put up with truly, vastly, inferior crap.

            And don’t even get me started on how DEC bungled the DECSystem-20’s evolution…

  4. The real problem here? It’s not the software; Windows has shitty security baked right in, from day one.

    The real problem is why the hell these morons keep putting this shit on the internet in the first fucking place.

    It’s like my local municipal water plant–The old guy who ran the shop rejected any and all attempts at putting everything on the ‘net. Why? Because he could see no benefit to any of it–Why on earth should you be able to do your job from your bed?

    But, that’s what the new guy wants, so they’re doing it. I’m predicting disaster, but that’s me.

    All these systems should be running in total isolation from the internet. There’s literally no reason, besides laziness and a desire to cut staff numbers, for this shit to be on the public internet and available to all and sundry to hack and crack. You don’t need to be able to manage or control your water system from the employee’s bedrooms, and if you do need to do that, you have other issues like a lack of qualified employees.

    All of this interconnection is going to end in tears. I laugh my ass off at the freaks who went in for “home automation” who’re now complaining about abandonware and how Google isn’t honoring the implied contracts that they bought with their acquisitions. It’s like these people are not just “rape victims”, they’re rape victims who are surprised they got raped after walking naked into a prison for violent sexual offenders and spreading wide for them on the cafeteria tables.

    Precisely none of this stuff needs to be on the internet. If it does, you’ve fundamentally ‘effed up your manpower/training policies.

    • My experience with some of these industrial system types is that they don’t even enable passwords on their embedded systems that get tied into IP networks.

      The people running some of these companies are seriously stupid. They have no idea what they’ve done by installing computers, and they think that because their computers “just control industrial stuff” that no one is going to touch them. There’s no “money, drugs or porn” on their systems, so why would anyone want to mess with them?

      Duuuuh.

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