Minnesota trucking company hit in 2nd ransomware attack

A tractor-trailer of Minnesota trucking company Bay & Bay traveling on a highway.

After some of Minnesota trucking and logistics company Bay & Bay Transportation’s IT systems started acting up on Dec. 1, it soon became apparent that the cause was something familiar — and alarming: a ransomware attack. 

Hackers intent on extorting the Eagan-based carrier had deployed malware to encrypt data on the company’s systems. The company had been down this road before. A ransomware attack in 2018 crippled its systems and led the company to pay the criminals.

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Loaded and Rolling: Cybersecurity risks rise; Schneider grows dedicated fleet

Cybersecurity and large fleets: Risks of cyberattacks on the rise
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Cybersecurity is becoming a major topic in trucking due to recent publicized ransomware attacks against motor carriers. Ransomware is a type of malware, with users locked out of their systems or files and data held hostage unless the company or user pays a fee to regain access. The time Sensitive nature of trucking, customer expectations for deliveries and high costs associated with disrupted...


6 lessons learned about cybersecurity and freight in 2021

An illustration of a hacker holding a laptop with a tractor trailer to the right.

It was once again another rough year for cybersecurity and freight. The main reason: ransomware attacks, in which criminals encrypt data and demand payment, sometimes in the millions of dollars, in exchange for unlocking it. Even though the U.S. government has been taking an increasingly aggressive approach to fighting ransomware, the attacks have continued. They hit companies across the supply chain, including trucking, logistics, freight factoring, freight forwarding — and even fuel...

Rail cybersecurity firm Cylus has $30 million funding round

Rail cybersecurity technology provider Cylus has raised $30 million in a series B funding round, bringing the Israeli company’s total funding to over $57 million.

This latest round was led by U.S. firm Ibex Investors and joined by Vertex Growth Fund, Strides International Business, Magma Venture Partners, Vertex Ventures Israel, Israeli serial entrepreneur and Cylus board member Zohar Zisapel and Glenrock Israel, the company said Wednesday.

Cylus also said William Heinrich, former chief...


TSA directs freight railroads to bolster cybersecurity, report incidents

Chemical rail cars sit on a track to illustrate an article about new cybersecurity requirements in the freight rail sector.

Freight railroads will be required to report cyber incidents within 24 hours as part of a new Transportation Security Administration directive issued Thursday aimed at strengthening cybersecurity in the sector.

The directive, which takes effect Dec. 31, also mandates that all freight rail operators designate a cybersecurity coordinator, develop an incident response plan and conduct a vulnerability assessment. TSA also issued similar directives for passenger rail and public transit operators.



Σύμπραξη με στόχο την αναβάθμιση της κυβερνοασφάλειας στη ναυτιλία

Ο νορβηγικός νηογνώμονας DNV ανακοίνωσε την εξαγορά της ολλανδικής εταιρείας τεχνολογίας Applied Risk, που εξειδικεύεται στην κυβερνοασφάλεια. Στόχος αυτής της κίνησης είναι η δημιουργία μιας δομημένης επιχειρησιακής πρακτικής κυβερνοασφάλειας για τη θωράκιση κρίσιμων υποδομών για τη ναυτιλία και άλλους κλάδους, όπως η ενέργεια και οι κατασκευές.

Οι κυβερνοεπιθέσεις γίνονται πιο συχνές και πιο πολύπλοκες, με τεράστια οικονομικά κόστη για τις πληγείσες εταιρείες. Οι κακόβουλες ενέργειες ξεπερνούν...


Crontab Cyber: Η Κυβερνοασφάλεια onboard σε πρώτο πλάνο

Η ταχεία εξέλιξη στη χρήση και την εξάρτηση από τις ψηφιακές (βασισμένες σε μηχανές & πληροφοριακά σύστημα ) και τις τεχνολογίες επικοινωνίας, η πρόοδος στον αυτοματισμό και η δυνατότητα ενοποίησης πολλαπλών ηλεκτρονικών συστημάτων που υποστηρίζουν λειτουργίες διαχείρισης και επιχειρηματικές εφαρμογές καθώς και η τελευταία επίθεση ransomware στη ναυτιλιακή βιομηχανία πιο επίκαιρη από ποτέ, αυξάνει τη σημασία της αντιμετώπισης εγγενών τρωτών σημείων.

Ως εκ τούτου, είναι ζωτικής σημασίας οι...


ClassNK Signs MoU On Cybersecurity With Panama Maritime Authority

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Leading Classification Society ClassNK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cybersecurity with the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA). Panama, the world’s largest flag state, is making various efforts to improve the safety of its own vessels.

On 17 November, PMA announced the establishment of a “Cyber Incident Voluntary Reporting Scheme” to better understand the cyber threats that vessels are actually exposed to and to seek more pragmatic and effective measures to control the cyber...


Europe is seeing a hiring boom in ship industry cybersecurity roles

Europe extended its dominance for cybersecurity hiring among ship industry companies in the three months ending September.

The number of roles in Europe made up 40.4 per cent of total cybersecurity jobs – up from 37.1 per cent in the same quarter last year.

That was followed by Asia-Pacific, which saw a -2.5 year-on-year percentage point change in cybersecurity roles.

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