Distinguished Magazine - - CYBERCRIME -

Sub­se­quent to the data breach in Ja­pan, the com­pany’s sub­sidiaries in Thai­land and Viet­nam also came with sus­pected at­tack state­ments. The text of the state­ment was more or less sim­i­lar to the one made in Ja­pan and echoed the el­e­ment of un­cer­tainty on the ex­tent to ac­cess that the at­tack­ers have gained. Toy­ota Ja­pan was also tight-lipped about any sus­pected in­ci­dents in the sub­sidiary di­vi­sions.

Ev­i­dence how­ever showed what hap­pened was not an iso­lated in­ci­dent and the at­tacks are a follow-through of ear­lier sim­i­lar in­ci­dents. Toy­ota Aus­tralia was also sub­ject to a po­ten­tial data breach at­tempt. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, this breach was not suc­cess­ful and the only fall out it caused was the dis­rup­tion in some de­liv­ery and other spare parts.

Al­though third-party ob­servers were un­clear about the source and other de­tails of the at­tacks, at least one well-known se­cu­rity an­a­lyst had back-linked these at­tacks to some­thing known as APT 32. This had in­di­ca­tions that the Toy­ota at­tack was the lat­est in se­ries of sev­eral at­tacks on the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try and other ma­jor sec­tors. Some of these at­tacks date back to as early as 2013 and ac­cord­ing to other sources, there are more set to follow.

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