Business, Technology, Safety

Trucking Industry Has Become a Top Target of Ransomware Attacks

Cybersecurity panel at 2019 MCE Panelists (from left) Harold Sumerford Jr. of J&M Tank Lines, Sharon Reynolds of Omnitracs and Joseph Saunders of RunSafe Security discuss measures to counter the threat of ransomware attacks against motor carriers. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

SAN DIEGO — Transportation is now one of the most cyberattacked industries in the United States, which puts trucking in the crosshairs of hackers, a panel of cybersecurity experts said during American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 6.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 6, 2019
Business, Technology

Hackers’ Latest Trick

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In a marked shift from previous years, hackers are much more likely these days to be bent on stealing your computer processing power rather than embedding ransomware or other malware in your network, according to a new report from IBM.

Joe Dysart | Webology 101
May 24, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Ex-Alabama Trooper Admits Hacking Into FMCSA Database

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A former Alabama state trooper has pleaded guilty to hacking into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s computer databases, gaining access to sensitive data using credentials he obtained while working for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 19, 2019
Government, Technology, TCA

SamSam Virus Demands Bitcoin from Colorado DOT, State Shuts Down 2,000 Computers

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Colorado Department of Transportation employees resorted to pen and paper on Feb. 21 after nasty ransomware hijacked computer files and demanded payment in bitcoin for their safe return.

Tamara Chuang and David Migoya | The Denver Post
February 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

The Newest Frontier for Hackers: Your Car

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As computer technology increasingly controls critical vehicle safety features and more cars are connected to the internet, the danger of a hacker taking control of vehicles is becoming less like a Hollywood movie plot and more like something that can actually happen.

October 16, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Hacking Risk Is What Worries Americans Most About Driverless Vehicles

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U.S. residents are “polarized” on whether to embrace driverless cars, according to a survey by insurer American International Group Inc.

Sonali Basak | Bloomberg News
October 5, 2017
Government, Business, Technology

Rep. Fred Upton Wants NHTSA to Look at Vehicle Hacking

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WASHINGTON — Leaders of a key congressional committee want auto safety regulators to tell them what they are doing to address concerns that vehicle safety may be compromised by hackers who may be able to affect automobiles by tapping into their systems through diagnostic ports and devices.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
September 13, 2016