#Privacy: Freight brokerage company faces $5m data breach lawsuit

Total Quality Logistics (TQL) is facing a $5 million data breach lawsuit after a cyber attack resulted in its customer and carrier information being exposed. 

On February 23, TQL’s computer systems were compromised in a cyber attack, where by threat actors had breached the company’s web portal. 

Breached carrier data included tax ID numbers, bank account numbers, and in some cases Social Security numbers. Compromised customer data included full names, email addresses, phone numbers, and TQL customer ID numbers. 

Subsequently, the lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio alleges that the company failed to “implement and maintain reasonable security measures over personally identifiable information.”

The plaintiff, an unnamed trucking company owned by Charles Newman of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, claims that the consequences of the data breach were extensive and alarming. 

“Had TQL taken the well-known risk of cyber-intrusion seriously and adequately tested, audited and invested in its IT systems, and adequately trained its staff, the lawsuit says, “the data breach would never have occurred.”

According to the lawsuit, hackers had accessed “and in growing number of cases” used compromised data to conduct fraudulent transactions. 

Newman is seeking to have the complaint certified as a class action, allowing  other motor carriers to join the lawsuit.


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