The FBI’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company is monitoring an unknown malicious cyber actor who’s spoofing the Small Enterprise Administration COVID-19 loan aid webpage by way of phishing emails.
These emails embody a malicious hyperlink to the spoofed SBA web site that the cyber actor is utilizing for malicious re-directs and credential stealing. The company issued an alert concerning the scheme on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
The CISA bulletin warns that the phishing e mail contains “SBA Application – Review and Proceed” within the topic line, a sender, marked as “[email protected][.]gov” and textual content within the e mail physique urging the recipient to click on on a hyperlink to handle which directs them to “leanproconsulting.com/br/gov/covid19relief/sba.gov.”
Phishing assaults use e mail or malicious web sites to solicit private data by posing as a reliable group.
Doug Morris, safety operations director for the Proprietor-Operator Unbiased Drivers Affiliation, says any truckers who obtained a Paycheck Safety Program loan ought to be cautious of any e mail correspondence purporting to be from the SBA.
“If you get an email saying, ‘Hey, about your SBA loan …’ or something like that, and even if it looks like it came from SBA, don’t open it up,” Morris mentioned on Land Line Now. “Don’t open up any attachments. Call the SBA themselves and go that route. Do not open up anything right now because this looks like a pretty sophisticated attack here.”
CISA recommends people train warning when opening e mail attachments, even when the attachment is predicted and the sender seems to be identified. The company has an inventory of options in its bulletin “Using Caution with Email Attachments.”
PPP loans in trucking
A complete of three,205 long-haul trucking firms obtained at the least $150,000 in Paycheck Safety Program loans based on a report launched by the Small Enterprise Administration on July 5. The loan utility deadline was finally prolonged to Aug. 8.
The mixed trucking sector represented lower than 0.5% of all recipients of the loans valued at $150,000 or extra.
The truckload sector was awarded 2,886 PPP loans whereas the less-than-truckload sector was awarded 319 loans. Solely 33 firms, truckload and LTL mixed, obtained between $5 million and $10 million in PPP loans. The overwhelming majority of loans, 52%, detailed within the report going to trucking firms had been valued at $150,000 to $300,000.