The past year has frightened us to an inexplicable measure. Amidst the epidemic-induced anxiety, we have fought more than just infection. Think of misinformation, cyber trauma, protests, wildfires, anxiety, panic. . . You get the flow. The uncertainty that gripped us last year due to the epidemic and the subsequent lockdown has left people in panic.
In this way we finished the groceries and the essentials were over and the stores were over. . . Toilet paper. As if that was not enough, again this year, people have come out on the road for another panic shopping. This time the object of his affection is gas.
This gas station in Robbinsville is completely out of gas. The clerk said that the manager told him that it could be five days before they got gas again. It is said that the phone of the people around to find gas is ringing. @ WLOS_13 pic.twitter.com/SCcwmb1Pc0
– Catiline Painter (@CaitlynWLOS) 10 May, 2021
Are we really buying panic gas now?
Let’s backtrack it a bit. Here is the situation. The colonial pipeline system accounted for 45% of the mobility of the East Coast fuel. Its systems shut down in a cyber event on Friday last week. According to the Sophos State of Ransomware Report 2020, 73% of attacks result in encrypted data and 26% of victims actually pay the ransom.
In this case, hackers possibly located in the former Soviet Union attacked the servers, infiltrated them, encrypted the data – or, in simpler terms, held the data hostage – only to release them once they had paid the fee. had to go.
What we would not have recorded immediately was how it would affect the economy and the human psyche. While it is no news that cyber attacks can wreak financial havoc, there has been an unprecedented rise in cyber incidents as the epidemic has led to increased remote work and online classrooms. Allegedly, US organizations have suffered more than $ 350 million in ransomware attacks this year.
In this case, economic pressure was felt in two aspects: fuel shortages, although temporary, increased gas prices. And second, people began to queue up outside the pumps and hoarders and create more artificial scarcity. If you wish, chalk it up for fear or selfishness, but to fill the gas you don’t need in containers that are barely suitable for it, it makes no sense.
As the pipeline works on the resumption of service, gas stations in Virginia, Georgia, Florida and its surrounding panic, among other states. result? Now we have dry pumps, long queues, and there is no end to the madness. Motorists were not even listening to their governors, who were urging people not to fill their gas tanks all the way.
Where do we go from here . . . Without fuel?
Reportedly, the price per gallon of gas reached $ 2.98 earlier this week, which had not been seen in years! The effect may not subside for some time.
According to AAA spokeswoman Janet McGee, “The shutdown will have an impact on both gasoline supply and prices, but the impact will vary regionally. Limited fuel in regions including Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia from Delaware to the East Coast earlier this week Availability and price increases are likely to be experienced. In these states, prices could rise by three to seven cents this week.
The fact is that there has been a gas shortage due to fear of gas shortage. . . The irony is not lost on us. Neither on Twitter.
– Humphrey Blackwell (@dangerwolf93) 12 May 2021
Finding humor and mimes amid gas shortages
People have taken up this disgusting side of human behavior, which explains why there is a flood of mimes.
– .elle.ash.lee. (@deathinalibrary) 12 May 2021
This is a major drawback to last year’s toilet-paper buying phase.
– Convenience Store News. (@CStoreNews_) 12 May 2021
Or this one, pointing to how electric car owners are finally getting a chance to show their prized possession in all its intricate glory.