Gas shortages continue in US after cyberattack

Gas shortages continue to hit pumps across the south of the US following a cyberattack on one of the country's largest pipeline networks.

The breach one week ago by a Russia-based hacker group known as DarkSide forced Colonial Pipeline to shut down operations over its roughly 9,000 kilometers of pipelines spanning the south and east of the US.

The firm was able to restart operations on Wednesday, but many gas stations in southern states are still running low on supplies or have none at all.

A tracking service website shows that about 65 percent of gas stations in North Carolina are empty. Forty-eight percent in South Carolina and 47 percent in Georgia are also without supplies.

Bloomberg has reported that Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom of 5 million dollars to the hacker group.

Other media have reported that DarkSide lost access to its public website and was shutting down.

The New York Times reported DarkSide as saying in its statement, "Due to the pressure from the US, the affiliate program is closed."