Toyota Gets Pwned By Hackers After Japan Joins Sanctions Against Russia

Well, this is very coincidental.

Reuters has reported that Toyota has suspends domestic factory operations after suspected cyber attack.

Toyota Motor Corp said it will suspend domestic factory operations on Tuesday, losing around 13,000 cars of output, after a supplier of plastic parts and electronic components was hit by a suspected cyber attack.

No information was immediately available about who was behind the possible attack or the motive. The attack comes just after Japan joined Western allies in clamping down on Russia after it invaded Ukraine, although it was not clear if the attack was at all related.

Saryu Nayyar, CEO and Founder, Gurucul had this to say:

“Revenge based cyber attacks are nothing new, but we continue to see nation state attacks, if indeed Russia is the culprit, gain momentum beyond intellectual property theft to be used to actively disrupt infrastructure and economies. Russia especially has been at the forefront of using advanced threat tactics and both internal and external threat actors to further its political objectives. However, the reality that organizations face is that Russian interests extend to foreign businesses and they must take steps to improve their threat detection and response programs. Simply hardening defenses is not enough as these groups are mostly able to circumvent the perimeter and implant themselves successfully. Organizations need to look at advanced analytics, non-rule-based analytics and automation that is targeted and high-fidelity for faster detection, more context for investigations, and immediate response.”

This seems to me to be a case of cause and effect. As in Japan joins western allies in going after Russia. And then shortly afterwards one of the biggest and well known companies in Japan gets pwned by hackers. Which really makes Russia linked hackers the likely instigators of this. Yes, that hasn’t been proven yet. But there’s a lot of eyeballs on this, which means that if proof exists it will be found. And hopefully Russia is made to pay.

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