Security News > 2022 > February > Expeditors shuts down global operations after likely ransomware attack
Seattle-based logistics and freight forwarding company Expeditors International has been targeted in a cyberattack over the weekend that forced the organization to shut down most of its operations worldwide.
At 9:20 AM EST Sunday morning, BleepingComputer received an anonymous tip saying that Expeditors suffered a large ransomware attack.
While we could not independently verify the attack, soon after Expeditors published a short notification at around noon on Sunday announcing a global systems downtime after shutting down operations due to a targeted cyberattack.
"Systems may be unavailable during this time, as we assess and stabilize, the safety of our global environment, backup procedures are being implemented" - Expeditors International.
Although Expeditors did not mention the nature of the incident, they were likely hit by ransomware, as shutting down operations globally and restoring them from backups is usually a course of action prompted by network-wide encryption.
Expeditors describes the incident as a "Significant event" that "Could have a material adverse impact on our business, revenues, results of operations and reputation."
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