In an article written by New York Daily News reporter Nelson Oliveria (“Colonial Pipeline shutdown prompts panic buying”) he wrote, “Long lines began forming at gas stations across the East Coast this week as panicked drivers worry about supply shortages and higher prices following the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, a major U.S. fuel artery that was hit by a cyberattack over the weekend.” He also reported that “The company said it was working to resume operations by the end of this week, but the temporary disruption is already wreaking havoc across the region.”

I feel that the company that was subject to the attack should be held responsible for allowing such a breach in security to occur and that there shouldn’t be a shortage in the first place.

This is because this is a company that can single-handedly impact the economy of gas prices. In this case, it had a shutdown.

As a student at Grand Forks Central who is taking a cybersecurity course, I believe that there should have been better implemented security measures to prevent access to such key sources of gasoline. In past situations, like the security breach of Equifax, the settlement was $535 million because it impacted 147 million users.

The company, or companies, that own the pipeline should be held responsible for the breach and the impact on their consumers due to poor security measures on a valuable resource. They should either pay the ransom or pay for the caused impact on the gas economy.

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Kaden Hill, Grand Forks Central High School