Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid European hackers $5 million ransom last week after the criminal group hacked the company.
Joe Biden on Thursday was asked about the reported ransom paid to the hackers.
This is after the Biden Administration sat back and did nothing and said the cyberattack is a “private sector” problem even though it affected gas distribution in 1/3 of the country.
“Were you briefed on the fact that the company did pay the ransom?” a reporter asked.
It took a few seconds for Biden’s brain to catch up and he finally responded, “I have no comment on that.”
President Biden has “no comment” on reports that Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom of almost $5 million to the hackers responsible for the cyberattack.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 13, 2021
After paying the ransom, Colonial Pipeline Wednesday afternoon announced it restarted its operations at 5 PM ET.
“Following this restart, it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal. Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal,” Colonial Pipeline said in a statement.
The largest US refinery shut two crude units in Port Arthur, Texas this weekend after hackers caused the Colonial Pipeline to shut down.
Several southeastern states reported long lines at gas stations and gas shortages, prompting governors to declare emergencies.
According to the FBI, the “DarkSide” hacker gang began attacking the pipeline operator on Friday and stole massive amounts of data.