Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday to avoid a crisis in fuel supply after the cyberattack perpetrated against the largest network of oil pipelines in the United States.
The government measure is announced after Colonial, the company that supplies 45% of the fuel consumed on the US east coast, interrupted its operations after being the object of a cyberattack using “ransomware”, a program that blocks access to information in exchange for paying a reward to release it.
At a press conference, DeSantis said that your administration monitors the effects of the cyberattack and the impact it is having in the northern part of the state, while calling for greater involvement of the federal government.
Under the governor’s emergency order, the state would remove size and weight restrictions on fuel tankers to allow more gasoline to reach the region.
The order also outlaws the speculation of prices.
“I think this is something that demands really serious federal attention. This was essentially a cyber attack on critical infrastructure of our country, “said the Republican governor, and urged the Government to get fully involved to” mitigate “the effect of the attack, local media reported.
He expressed his fear that the gasoline shortage could cause damage to the Florida economy and the lives of its residents, and stressed that the attack on the Colonial pipeline represents an “immediate threat” to the delivery of fuel to the so-called State of the Sun.
The American Government admitted on Tuesday that it faces a crisis in the supply of fuel in certain areas after the cyberattack against the largest network of oil pipelines in the country, but clarified that there is no shortage of gasoline.
Experts have warned that persist paralysis of activities, fuel prices could reach levels not seen since the end of 2014.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) said that the average price of gasoline this Tuesday stood at $ 2.98, compared to 2.96 for the national average during the weekend.
Colonial reported this Tuesday on Twitter of a temporary interruption of its website unrelated to the attack attributed to the Darkside hackers group.