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Terrorism

Cyberattack on US pipeline linked to criminal gang: sources

Shutdown stretches into third day, but some sections are back online

Holding tanks at one of Colonial Pipeline's facilities in the U.S. state of North Carolina   © Reuters

NEW YORK (AP) -- The cyberextortion attempt that has forced the shutdown of a vital U.S. pipeline was carried out by a criminal gang known as DarkSide that cultivates a Robin Hood image of stealing from corporations and giving a cut to charity, two people close to the investigation said Sunday.

The shutdown, meanwhile, stretched into its third day, with the Biden administration saying an "all-hands-on-deck" effort is underway to restore operations and avoid disruptions in the fuel supply.

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