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After a hacker attack: Americans are running out of fuel – could that also happen to us?

After a hacker attack, fuel is running out on the US east coast. While the state of emergency was declared there, German drivers are wondering: Can this also happen to us?

Houston (USA) – After hackers paralyzed a gasoline pipeline in the USA, motorists on the east coast apparently fear a bottleneck – and storm the gas stations. First in the east, then in the south – the demand for gasoline soared by 20 to 40 percent within a few hours. Some of the coveted fuel was already sold out. What happened? Hackers attacked the pipeline operator “Colonial” using malware – with success, because the 8,850-kilometer pipeline along the east coast was no longer working. Typically, the largest pipeline in the United States transports three million barrels of fuel (approximately 477 million liters) between Houston and New York every day, covering about 45 percent of the total gasoline needs of the US east coast. The Department of Transportation declared 17 states and Washington, DC a regional emergency.

While German drivers look in amazement at the incident across the pond, they ask themselves: Would something like this also be possible in Germany? The answer: In principle, no. Because there is no central fuel pipe on which entire regions depend in this country, as reported by However, it is of course conceivable that events such as weather disasters, wars or diplomatic upheavals cut off Europe or Germany from supplies. The responsible oil storage association (EBV) in Hamburg has made provisions for such cases: It keeps various mineral oil products (gasoline, diesel, heating oil, kerosene and heavy oil) in store for at least 90 days and has distributed 24 million tons of them at various locations throughout Germany. * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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