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70 Percent of District Gas Stations Out of Gas, Data Shows

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The nation’s capital is still suffering gas shortages due to last week’s cyber attack on Colonial Pipeline, with around 70 percent of gas stations affected as of Monday night.

The data comes from the latest updates on the website of GasBuddy, a Boston-based company that operates apps based on finding real-time fuel prices.

In the meantime, 28 percent of the gas stations in Virginia have run out of gas, and the figure is 24 percent for Maryland.

Colonial Pipeline, one of the country’s largest pipelines, which carries gasoline and jet fuel from Texas through Virginia and Maryland to New Jersey, was shut down on May 7, 2021, after it was hit by a ransomware attack that paralyzed the network’s systems.

After a days-long closure of its 5,500 miles of pipeline, the company returned to operations last Thursday, while it did not comment on the widespread allegations that it paid nearly $5 million in ransom to the criminal hacker group named DarkSide which is behind the attack.

GasBuddy monitors and provides up-to-date information on the percentage of gas stations that experience fuel outages per state on its website, based on crowdsourced data from app users. It updates the information regularly, but notes that they may not reflect the most current information.

Colonial Pipeline delivers almost half of the fuel consumed on the East Coast.

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