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Trucking remains a top target for cyberattacks - Fleet Owner

Trucking remains a top target for cyberattacks - Fleet Owner


Trucking remains a top target for cyberattacks - Fleet Owner

Posted: 12 May 2020 07:48 AM PDT

Reports of truck fleets being hit by ransomware attacks and other cyber breaches aren't exactly new news. However, as hackers play on the distractions and fears prompted by the COVID-19 crisis, trucking industry experts expect to see a surge in cyberattacks against commercial carriers.

In a blog titled "Cybercrime: Why Trucking Is A Ripe Target," Mark Murrell, co-owner of online truck driver training provider CarriersEdge, explored the reasons why the trucking industry is an optimal target for hackers.

For one, trucking is a high dollar business, explained Murrell. "That means companies have relatively large amounts of cash or credit available, and they're used to paying pretty big bills. If you successfully execute a ransomware attack, you can extract a higher payment than you'd get targeting small and midsize companies in other, lower dollar industries," he wrote.

Murrell also pointed out that trucking companies typically have weak information technology (IT) policies and management; trucking companies don't invest in modern equipment, like computers and network gear; trucking companies do minimal security training for their staff; and cybersecurity isn't a top concern for trucking companies, at least when compared to driver and road safety.

Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge co-founder and CEO, told FleetOwner that cybersecurity is a hot topic to watch as many fleets' back-office operations have transitioned to remote working amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, fleet managers, front-line drivers and overall business operations have been so distracted by COVID-19, that ransomware and cyber viruses may not be top of mind at the moment.

Protecting personal, professional data

CarriersEdge just released a course to help truck drivers and office staff better understand how to protect personal and company information from cyberattacks.

"With COVID-19 and back-office staff working from home, all of those security precautions that you may or may not have had at the office are gone," explained Jazrawy. "You are logging in from your possibly unprotected router, so there is a higher risk since you are not in an office where things are locked down by a central IT department."

Besides the potential for a spike in ransomware attacks, Jazrawy noted there has been an uptick in phishing attempts where people receive deceitful messages via email and text that are meant as clickbait. Jazrawy urged to keep a watchful eye for such attempts, as hackers use these tactics to gather information. More recently, there has been an increase in COVID-19 hacking attempts that play on fear and greed, she added.

Cybercriminals attempt to obtain business' data by hacking directly into the system through IT deficiencies and by targeting employees. Jazrawy explained that fleet managers should train employees on how to protect themselves and the company from a breach.

"It's much easier for a hacker to convince someone to click on a link and spread a virus than for them to try to force their way into the back-office system that is run by IT," she said.

On the road, the best way for commercial drivers to protect data is to use strong passwords and not respond to or click on suspicious links in text messages and emails. The problem, however, for both drivers and back-office staff are there are so many passwords to remember. Jazrawy suggested using a password manager to securely organize and remember passwords.

She advised using strong passwords—with multiple characters—and that drivers should use a virtual private network (VPN) when relying on public Wi-Fi.

"My personal opinion is that many people don't think about it at all, but hackers are ready," Jazrawy said. "The difficulty with hacking is they may go into your system and it's not immediately obvious. A cybercriminal won't immediately try and do something. The hacker will look around and see if it's worth it or see how much they can get."

Jazrawy pointed to some of the telltale signs of a breach:

  • Messages that don't make sense signal that a hacker is trying to infiltrate.  
  • Microcharges on credit cards and statements could mean a cybercriminal is testing the waters.
  • Unexpected or alarming messages from known people; don't ignore strange behavior. 
  • Data that appears when it shouldn't is a clue that something could be wrong.  

"Most of the time you're not going to know until there is an attack. It's a lot like COVID-19. You don't know for a week until you have it," Jazrawy warned.

"Keep your eye out when it's not a trusted source and pay attention like you would in a dark alley because a cyber attacker is the cyber equivalent of an attacker in a dark alley," she added. "You don't know where they are, they will show up out of nowhere, but as long as you're prepared for it and looking out for it you will probably be OK."

Protecting equipment, freight

Jerry Robertson, chief technology officer for BOLT System, a cloud-based fleet management software provider, explained that with employees working from home, company data, financials and business operations are more at risk for cyberattacks.

"It's pretty easy for a cybercriminal or hacker to get in your network and pull data out," he said. "Once they have that data, they have access to credit cards, social security numbers and financial systems, where they can get account numbers, routing numbers and pull money out. Or they can go in and hack your dispatch system or fleet management system and shut it down."

Robertson advised deleting unknown and suspicious emails, and shutting down, rebooting systems and running antivirus software when something looks suspicious.  

When it comes to all the information coming off telematics devices and electronic logging devices (ELDs) in trucks, Robertson urged fleet managers and drivers to note any strange updates or activity. He added that taking more precautions, like creating stronger, more difficult passwords, and limiting outsiders' access to company computers, is especially important.

"Hackers will likely try to log in and figure out how to track high-value freight and track where the truck is going and parking, and dropping and hooking trailers," he said. "You want to secure and block your trailers. If any piece of equipment is left unattended, a thief can still break into the trailers. Go overboard in securing freight and in securing the information of what you are hauling."

Robertson also suggested that in addition to using a VPN, when working remotely, power down equipment every night unless it absolutely needs to run 24 hours.

"It's a continual battle between the different virus protection programs and operating systems Your true cybercriminals are working steps ahead of you," Robertson said. "When you believe you have one problem solved, don't stop, because I guarantee you they are out there working on the next version of how to break into your system."

The events of this week continued to escalate as citizens protested the streets, neighborhoods and highways; in some cases, endangering the lives of not only themselves and those around them, but the drivers on the road, who continue to deliver essential goods to those who need them. It is important, now more than ever, to see a little light in the darkness. Here are five good things that happened in trucking this week.

Home Depot warehouses celebrated drivers

The atmosphere at one of Home Depot's warehouses, Orlando MDO 5870, is always light and positive, acknowledging its employees for their personal and professional milestones.

On Wednesday, June 3, word spread to the Orlando warehouse that the Luckey, Ohio, warehouse welcomed back one of their employees, who started work again after beating cancer.

"Welcome back, Mike," Orlando MDO 5870 tweeted. "Your orange blooded drive has an impact in our Orlando building." 

Piggybacking off of the joyous energy, the warehouse, and others across the Home Depot network, took this week to thank their truck drivers with lunches, lemonade and complimentary t-shirts.

ATA's daily truck driver photo contest continued

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the American Trucking Associations launched the #ThankATrucker - Providing for the Frontlines campaign intended to provide some relief to the men and women on the road. This campaign will:

  • Continue to provide hand sanitizer stations along major freight corridors in order for professional truck drivers on the front lines to fill up their own personal bottles
  • Encourage professional drivers to submit a fun photo of themselves with their rig. Once submitted, they will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a $25 electronic gift card for a meal of their choice while on the road.

Every day, four winners are chosen and featured on ATA's Twitter account. Congratulations to all of the winners this week:

  • June 1: Carol Nixon, Walmart Transportation; Tim Taylot, FedEx Freight; Isidro Flores, Core-Mark; Steve Smalley, ABF Freight
  • June 2: William West, ABF Freight; Yvette Sparks, US Xpress; Paul Butkowski, FedEx Freight; Tim Chelette, Big G Express
  • June 3: Rusty Holmes, Triple R Metals; Ron Vandermark, UPS; Tim Helus, FedEx Freight; Stephen Richardson, Big G Express
  • June 4: Remy Braun, D & D Sexton Inc.; John Lex, Walmart Transportation; Chad Miller, ABF Freight; Steve Sanchez, Core-Mark
  • June 5: Danny Smith, Big G Express; Curtis Peters, H. R. Ewell; Christal Arway, US Xpress; Tim Melody, ABF Freight

How to enter: All CDL holders are eligible to submit a fun or cool photo of themselves and their rig. Once you have submitted your photo, you will be notified by thankatrucker@trucking.org if you are chosen as a winner, and the email will include an electronic gift card in the amount of $25.        

Amazon and UPS drivers duked it out in bench press competition in viral video

As states continue through phases of reopening, people are slowly starting to get back into the public and getting back to what they love to do. Truck drivers are no different.

While making deliveries in a suburban neighborhood, an Amazon Prime delivery driver came upon house whose residents were working out in a garage home gym. After making a delivery, he was invited to take a quick break and do a bench press rep. Simultaneously, a UPS driver arrived to make a delivery and decided to join in on the fun. Naturally, it became a competition.

GA Trucking held a Driver Appreciation event

The Georgia Department of Public Safety along with Georgia Motor Trucking Association held a Driver Appreciation event across the state for its truck drivers. On Wednesday, June 3, some 200 drivers received lunch and a PPE care packet at the Georgia Inspection Station Sb on I-75 near Ringgold while other CMV drivers received lunches at the Region 1 Weigh Station in Catoosa County with the help of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division.

SmartDrive Systems recognized this week's Heroes in Transportation winner

Every week, SmartDrive Systems recognizes a driver as a part of its Heroes in Transportation contest. This week, Izet, an owner-operator for Werner Enterprises was the winner. Izet has over one million accident free miles and is considered one of Werner's safest and most professional drivers.

In a tweet on June 1, SmartDrive Systems explained that Izet is a dedicated driver for Werner Enterprise's client, Dollar General, and has been working around the clock to help restock store shelves of essentials. When asked about the sacrifices he has to make that keep him away from his family, Izet said, "I can't stay home; I'm a truck driver." 

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