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Estes Express says widespread system outage caused by cyberattack

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On Tuesday morning, Virginia-headquartered LTL carrier Estes Express Lines confirmed that an ongoing IT system outage was likely caused by a cyberattack.

Estes Express initially confirmed the IT system outage impacting several of the company’s systems on Sunday, October 1.

On October 3, the company followed up with an update on the outage:

Yesterday we shared a notice regarding an ongoing IT infrastructure outage and can confirm today that this outage appears to be the result of a cyberattack.

While we are unable to share specific details at this time, our terminals and drivers are effectively picking up and delivering freight as we work through this event. We’re working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue and return to business as usual.

We’re immensely grateful for the dedication and responsiveness of our more than 22,000 employees and the way they’ve banded together to keep serving our customers and each other.

We also extend our appreciation to customers and vendors for their support and patience during a challenging time.

We will continue to share updates with you as we work through this incident.

Cyberattacks have becoming a growing problem for many companies within the trucking industry. Last month, fleet management tech provider ORBCOMM fell victim to a malware attack, prompting the FMCSA to issue a waiver for the company’s Blue Tree ELD users.

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