Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

The Rising Threat of Ransomware: How Trucking Can Fend Off Cyberattacks

Man looking at computer The transportation management software that many trucking and logistics companies use to run their operations is designed to improve business efficiency, but is not intended to be a primary line of defense against ransomware. (tommaso79)

No fleet manager or logistics worker ever wants to experience the sinking feeling that comes with seeing a message flash on their computer screen revealing they have become the victim of a ransomware attack.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
November 30, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Purge of Chinese Technologies Confusing, Rushed, Costly, Trucking Groups Say

Huawei store in China A woman walks outside a Huawei store in Beijing on Aug. 5, 2020. The rule targets five Chinese companies: Huawei, ZTE Corp., Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua Technology. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)

Trucking industry groups said the rule requiring carriers to locate and purge technology made by five Chinese companies is confusing and doesn't give them time to complete their searches.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Fleets Face Increasing Cybersecurity Threats, Experts Say

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Trucking companies that are becoming more technological are at risk of increased vulnerability, but there are steps they can take to mitigate such threats.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
September 2, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Democratic Senators Raise Cybersecurity Concerns About Autonomous Vehicles

autonomous concept Autonomous cybersecurity concept by Chesky_W/iStock/Getty Images

Two key senators are pushing to enhance cybersecurity protections for autonomous vehicles absent a comprehensive policy proposal about the technology in Congress.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 22, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Why Cyberattacks Should Be Concerning to Trucking

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The trucking industry has improved with the use of technology, but the advancement has also increased the risk of cyberattacks.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Hacker Seeks About $5 Million Ransom From Pemex by Nov. 30

Tanker trucks at storage and dispatch terminal of Petroleos Mexicanos Tanker trucks wait at the storage and dispatch terminal of Petroleos Mexicanos. (Felix Marquez/Associated Press)

The hacker behind a cyberattack that has crippled Petroleos Mexicanos’ computer systems since the weekend is hoping to squeeze about $5 million out of the company and appears to have set a deadline of Nov. 30.

November 13, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

Pemex Faces Payment Problems After Cyberattack Shut Down System

A Petroleos Mexicanos gas station stands in Mexico City A Petroleos Mexicanos gas station in Mexico City. Pemex is relying on manual billing until its security situation is resolved. (Luis Antonio Rojas/Bloomberg News)

A ransomware attack that hit Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos is disrupting the company’s billing systems, according to people familiar with the situation.

Amy Stillman | Bloomberg News
November 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

ATA Technology & Maintenance Council Conference Outlines Innovations in Cybersecurity Strategies

Ross Froat Ross Froat by Rachel Akpotu/Technology & Maintenance Council

Experts advised trucking companies on how to deal with malware attacks at a cybersecurity conference at American Trucking Associations’ D.C.-area headquarters June 26.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 27, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, TCA

Carmakers Struggle to Hire White Hat Hackers

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McConnell Trapp has a special set of skills. He can hack into cars and control aspects of them from his computer.

August 20, 2018
Business, Technology

Trucking Industry Confronts Growing Threat of Ransomware

Employees looking at computer screens Cybersecurity training for employees is critical because the biggest IT security risk largely remains the inside threat. (Getty Images)

Security experts had long warned the transportation industry was a major target for cyberattacks — then, a bombshell malware incident levied against international ocean shipper A.P. Moller Maersk publicly laid bare what was at stake.

August 1, 2018