Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $ 5 million in ransom to hackers who shut down some of their networks, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said Thursday.
News of the payment was first reported by Bloomberg. The US official didn’t say how or when the company paid.
Colonial, which operates the largest fuel pipeline in the country, announced it was hacked Friday and shut down all four major pipelines for the east and southeast of the United States as a precaution. Gas prices rose and some gas stations ran out of fuel. The Department of Transportation issued an emergency order allowing truckers who drive fuel in the affected states to work longer than federal regulations normally allow.
An outside consultancy now handling Colonial’s press inquiries declined to comment on the payment.
The company announced on Wednesday that it would resume operations.
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