Trucking giant Forward Air hit by new Hades ransomware gang

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Trucking and freight logistics company Forward Air has suffered a ransomware attack by a new ransomware gang that has impacted the company’s business operations.

Forward Air is a leading trucking and air freight logistics company based out of Tennessee, USA. The company generated $1.4 billion in revenue for 2019 and employs over 4,300 people.

Last week, FreightWaves reported that Forward Air suffered a cyberattack that forced them to take their systems offline to prevent the attack’s spread. Forward Air later confirmed this attack in a statement to BleepingComputer.

“On December 15, Forward Air detected an IT security incident that impacted the functionality of certain computer systems. Per our information security protocols, we immediately took our systems offline, notified law enforcement and engaged several third-party experts to assist us in conducting an internal investigation. Our IT team is working diligently to restore the affected systems and services and bring them back online as soon as possible,” Forward Air shared in a statement to BleepingComputer.

According to FreightWaves, the attack has led to business disruption as the paperwork required to release freight from customs was stored on the shutdown systems and is not available.

At this time, Forward Air’s website is down and just displays a message about the “IT security incident” and that the site is down while they restore affected systems.

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