17 states without fuel: cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline
Colonial Pipeline fell victim to a cyber attack on Friday. Мany truck drivers are temporarily exempted from HOS rules.
An extreme situation has reportedly arisen as a result of an unexpected shutdown of the pipeline system. The attack by a hacker group DarkSide caused a problem with the supply of gasoline, diesel fuel, and other refined petroleum products in 17 states.
On Sunday, the FMCSA released a temporary HOS exemption for truck drivers transporting gasoline, diesel and other refined petroleum products to Alabama, Arkansas, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
On Monday, DarkSide tweeted a message about their motives.
It is known that about 45% of the fuel consumed by the east coast is delivered via the Colonial pipeline. It shut down its entire 5,500-mile fuel system over the weekend.
According to experts, this is the most devastating hack in the energy sector in US history.
The FMCSA regional emergency declaration can be viewed here.