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Distinguished Magazine - - CYBERCRIME -

Though the at­tack on the Aus­tralian sub­sidiary was more mas­sive, the later one has ini­ti­ated the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in de­tails. In­ves­ti­ga­tors and ex­perts sus­pected that the in­fa­mous APT 32 (Ocean Lo­tus) is be­hind the at­tacks. These Viet­namese cy­ber es­pi­onage ac­tors tar­get mostly the pri­vate sec­tors.

Aus­tralia at­tacks oc­curred way back in Fe­bru­ary 2018, how­ever the most re­cent at­tack is sup­pos­edly not re­lated but the ex­perts doubt the first at­tack might have been the prepa­ra­tion of the big­ger one at the cen­tral se­cu­rity sys­tem in Ja­pan. Toy­ota is not ready to ac­knowl­edge or re­veal any par­tic­u­lar names in­volved in these at­tacks.

These re­peated in­ci­dents high­light how the in­ter­net is a boon and a curse at the same time. Many other com­pa­nies are learn­ing to be more alert and un­der­take mea­sures to pre­vent such theft and mis­use of cus­tomer data. Cy­ber­crime of­fi­cials, on the other hand, are also en­gaged in con­tin­u­ous mon­i­tor­ing all over the world. They also high­light the need for more tight se­cu­rity from the com­pany’s end to pro­tect cus­tomer de­tails from unau­tho­rized cy­ber­crim­i­nals.

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