Car Shippers Vulnerable to Ransomware as Tech Improves
According to the FBI, transportation networks are particularly vulnerable to ransomware and phishing scams.
A ransomware attack against San Francisco’s light rail system over Thanksgiving weekend is just the latest, but not the last.
Car shippers vulnerable to ransomware have had issues, too. Many times, the scams come through email systems, often with innocuous subject headings such as “file from scanner.”
Auto shipping brokers often take information via email from customers. They are also known for taking information from unknown customers in an attempt to give quotes and book orders.
Why are car shippers vulnerable to ransomware?
As mentioned, many auto transport companies, particularly American auto shipping companies, open many emails a day. And it is through email that many ransomware and phishing scams are successful.
Ransomware locks you out of your computer until you pay a “ransom” to unlock it. Phishing scams look for personal information in an attempt to steal identities.
Car transport companies are particularly vulnerable because many systems keep all their customers’ information in one easy-to-access file.
And many ransomware and phishing scams are able to circumvent traditional antivirus scams due to improved technology and lack of commitment to cyber security.
Ransomware is already a billion-dollar industry, and experts expect it to grow in 2017.
It doesn’t help that people working in transportation, particularly car transport, are much more susceptible to it than others. This is because they are far more likely to open emails that are contaminated with ransomware.
How can car shippers vulnerable to ransomware fight it?
First is good cyber security systems. However, many auto shipping companies don’t have the resources to employ a full-time IT department.
The FBI says a good start, aside from that, is to not pay the ransom. Back ups are vitally important – it was how the San Francisco light rail system was able to defeat their ransomware issue.
But paying the ransom is often a simple solution to get your systems back. But that doesn’t make them safer.
Rohyt Belani, the head of PhishMe, an organization that specializes in protecting people from phishing and other malware scams, says there are several main components to protecting any company from attack.
The most important is awareness. Training employees to recognize malware and phishing scams is vital to prevention. Running frequent backups is also important. This is harder for larger car shipping companies, but smaller vehicle shippers shouldn’t have an issue with this. Many companies offer backup solutions for cheap and provide long-term storage for backups.
What can customers do to make sure their car shippers aren’t vulnerable to ransomware?
Sadly, not much. The best thing you can do is to find a top-rated company that is known for good customer service. We can help with that. Take a minute to fill out our free quote form or call us at 800-930-7417. In addition to getting you free quotes from top auto transport companies, we work hard to maintain your security. We don’t sell information to any unauthorized people and we make sure that every car shipper you get a quote from is up to snuff. This means that not only do they book freight with only top carriers, but that they are secure from all threats. Again, you can call or email us any time for more information.