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U.S. Government works to combat the worst cyber attack on American infrastructure

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Several government agencies are working to undo the damage caused by a weekend cyber attack that forced the shutdown of a massive pipeline carrying nearly half the fuel used by the East Coast.

It's the latest in a string of "ransomware" attacks hitting targets from hospitals to state and local governments.

This one could hit consumers hardest by driving up gas prices across the country. The federal government is working to combat the crippling effects of the worst cyber attack yet on American infrastructure a ransomware hit that forced the nation's largest fuel pipeline to shut down.

The target Colonial Pipeline, which carries 45% of the East Coast's fuel from Texas to New York.

"The Department of Energy is working directly with Colonial to get the pipelines back online and operating at full capacity as quickly and safely as possible." Said President Biden.

The Biden Administration preparing to step in and move supply where it's needed to keep gas prices from driving up as some gas station owners fears they will.

"Food prices are going to go up, airline tickets are going to go up, ah gasoline prices are going to go up everything you know that gets transported by truck is going to go up." John Catsimetidis, CEO of United Refining Company.

The FBI is blaming the Russian criminal group Darkside while investigating any possible connection to the Russian government itself.

It comes after the Biden Administration sanctioned Russia last month for a series of major hacks including a massive breach of government agencies and corporations.

The Biden White House staking out its strategy in a new kind of war while racing to bring critical infrastructure back online before American consumers pay the price.

NBC News

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