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Technical problems hit DAT load board; no time estimate on full service return

The DAT load board has been suffering technical problems since sometime Thursday morning, according to multiple sources and various statements coming from DAT.

“Our engineers are working to correct the issue ASAP,” DAT’s Joel Weiler wrote in a Facebook post in the Trucking: Rates & Lanes Facebook group. “Some users are able to login at this time, but still may be experiencing slowness. We will keep you posted.”

On Twitter, this is how DAT kept its followers up to date during the early afternoon. 

The DAT login screen at approximately 1:30 p.m. EST said the system was “currently experiencing a system issue with our Load Board service. Our engineers are working on it and we should be back shortly.”

Although the cause is unknown, the fact that the two biggest load board companies both went down for an extended period of time less than a month apart inevitably brings up thoughts of what happened to just before Christmas. Truckstop later said it was a ransomware attack on its system that caused an outage that lasted several days. 

A call and email to DAT’s corporate communications department were not immediately returned.

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One Comment

  1. DT

    Our AscendTMS can still post and search. All good here.

    Maybe those same malware people that brought truckstop down a few weeks ago are now messing with DAT???????????

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