On May 7, 2021, Colonial Pipeline suffered a ransomware attack after the hacker group known as Darkside stole about 100 gigabytes of data. In response to the incident, Colonial has temporarily halted pipeline operations to contain the threat. Colonial operates in the United States East Coast, servicing seven airports and operating in 14 states. The 5,500 mile pipeline is the biggest in the United States, carrying over 100 million gallons of fuel per day. Consumers, concerned about the availability of gasoline, have begun rushing to gas pumps in fear of price spikes. Colonial is currently working with shipping companies to deliver fuel to destinations along their pipeline to continue to meet demands. Officials are reminding the public there is no reason to hoard gas, as the pipeline is expected to return to full operation by the end of the week.
The company, which operates pipelines for gasoline, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products, halted pipeline operations after discovering the hack. In a statement, Colonial said it "proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations, and affected some of our IT systems."