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Major websites such as the BBC, New York Times, Bloomberg News, The Guardian, Reddit, and the Disqus commenting platform were hit by a massive Internet outage ovrnight.

The Internet outage affected Amazon.com and Fastly.com, which provide updated news content to many websites.

The BBC and United Kingdom's government page, were temporarily down during a massive outage early Tuesday, NBC News reported.

Social media users took to Twitter.com early Tuesday to say most of the websites they normally visit were down.

Fastly.com, an American cloud services provider, issued an update on its status page at about 5:58 a.m. ET., saying the "issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented."

It isn't clear if the websites were hit by a Russian cyberattack.

The global outage comes a day after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it had recovered most of the cryptocurrency ransom paid to a criminal hacker group that hit Atlanta-based Colonial pipeline, causing gas prices to surge nationwide in mid-May.

The DOJ used "sophisticated technology" to recover $2.3 million of the $4.4 million in Bitcoins paid to the Russian-based Darkside hacker group that compromised Colonial's IT system.

Colonial paid the ransom to the hacker group within 48 hours after the cyberhack in May.

JBS meat processing company was also hit by ransomware, resulting in the shutdown of all of its North American meat packing plants earlier this month.

"The sophisticated use of technology to hold businesses and even whole cities hostage for profit is decidedly a 21st century challenge," said U.S. attorney general Lisa Monaco, during a press conference on Monday afternoon. "Today we turned the tables on DarkSide."

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Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid $5 million ransom to a hacker group within hours after a cyber attack forced its pipeline to shut down.

Bloomberg reports Colonial paid hackers $5 million within hours after the pipeline was attacked by ransomware on Friday.

Colonial repeatedly denied paying any ransom to the Russian hacker collective Darkside. However, Bloomberg confirmed via inside sources that the ramson was paid "within hours" of the cyber attack.

Colonial pipeline resumed partial operations late Wednesday after paying the ransom to unlock its computerized pipeline system.

The pipeline has already delivered over 1 million gallons of gasoline to stations in southeastern states. However, officials warn that the pipeline won't be fully operational until early next week.

The Washington Post reports that Colonial was "extorted" by the hacker group which threatened to release the company's data unless a fee was paid. The fee was $5 million.

Once the ransom was paid, the hackers provided Colonial with a decryption tool to restore its computer system.

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Florida, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina declared states of emergency as residents panic buy gasoline, leading to gas shortages.

Gas prices soared and fears of a nationwide shortage caused people to panic buy gas after a cyber attack shut down a major gas pipeline over the weekend.

The national average for retail gasoline was $2.985 on Tuesday -- the highest since November 2014.

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Panic buyers lined up outside gas stations in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 11. Some drivers walked up with gas cans after bypassing stations that were closed.

The FBI has confirmed that Russian hacking collective DarkSide is responsible for the ransomware cyber attack that crippled a Georgia-based fuel pipeline.

Colonial Pipeline, which is operated out of Alpharetta, near Atlanta, is the largest pipeline on the East Coast. It runs from Texas to New Jersey and transports 45% of the East Coast's fuel supply, including gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel.

Colonial officials announced it shut down the pipeline out of an abundance of caution after discovering the ransomware.

Ransomware is a type of malware that locks a company's data and threatens to delete the data unless a ransom is paid, typically in Bitcoin.

The attack is unleashed after an employee unwittingly clicks a phishing link in an email that impersonates an individual or company known to the employee.

Hundreds of major corporations and even hospitals have been hit by ransomware cyber attacks over the years.