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US fuel firm resumes service after cyber-attack

The country’s largest pipeline operator announced it would resume operations late Wednesday after a five-day shutdown.

A ransomware cyberattack forced the Colony pipeline to shut down a significant portion of its network on Friday.

The 5,500-mile (8,900-kilometer) pipeline typically carries 2.5 million barrels of oil per day on the East Coast.

After the shutdown, supply across the United States hardened, prices rose and some states declared state of emergency.

Colony Pipelines warned in a press release that it could take several days for the shipping supply chain to return to normal.

Some markets for colonial pipeline services may experience intermittent service interruptions during launch or continue to experience power outages, they added in a statement.

The FBI has accused a criminal gang called the “Dark Side” of being behind the ransomware attack.

Prices have risen

U.S. gasoline prices climbed Wednesday as drivers lined up for refueling on the sixth day of the colonial pipeline’s closure.

The average price per gallon was $3,008, the highest since October 2014, according to the American Automobile Association.

Closures and “demand fluctuations” have led to higher prices, a spokesperson said.

The pipeline operator said Wednesday it had restarted operations, but warned it would take “several days for the supply chain to return to normal.”

The governors of Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia have declared states of emergency, meaning they can introduce temporary rules to lower prices in the region.

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