INTERNATIONAL SUBSIDIARIES ALSO SUFFERED ATTACKS
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.