It’s that time again for the most frequent problem on the internet – you guessed it, data breaches. Now a single breach is one thing to fear, but a second in five weeks? That pill’s a little tough to swallow.
Security and digital privacy are becoming difficult to come by in today’s connected world. As we put more information out there, as do large corporations, it’s becoming a huge problem.
On the roll call for this security disaster is Toyota. Its first incident occurred at an Australian subsidiary. Unfortunately, this latest one hit really close to home.
What data did Toyota leak?
At the Japanese automaker’s main offices in Japan, it was announced this past Friday that hackers had accessed their servers. It was declared that the stored sales information of 3.1 million Toyota and Lexus car owners were stolen from their servers.
Specifically what subsidiaries data was accessed were: Toyota Tokyo Sales Holdings, Tokyo Tokyo Motor, Tokyo Toyopet, Toyota Tokyo Corolla, Nets Toyota Tokyo, Lexus Koishikawa Sales, Jamil Shoji (Lexus Nerima), and Toyota West Tokyo Corolla.
Although the information about what precisely was taken isn’t specifically clear according to Toyota. Officials did state that customer financial details were not stored on the hacked servers and that they’re currently investigating whether the data was extracted that they had access to.
On their previous attack in late February, Toyota Australia didn’t believe any private employee or customer data had been accessed then either. On the same day late March that Toyota Japan announced its data breach, Toyota Vietnam also announced a comparable cybersecurity episode, albeit without any details about the hack and whether it’s connected to the Toyota Japan occurrence.
Toyota’s response to the data breach
While the company did publicly apologize to the masses who are drivers of their automobiles, Toyota did have this to say about the incident:
“We apologize to everyone who has been using Toyota and Lexus vehicles for the great concern,” a Toyota spokesperson said today in a message to the press. “We take this situation seriously, and will thoroughly implement information security measures at dealers and the entire Toyota Group.”
Toyota did state that the threat is being managed by its internal IT department, which is working closely with various international cybersecurity experts. They added that they weren’t aware of any incidents in the U.S. as a result of this breach.
There has also been speculation of a Vietnamese hacker group called APT32 being involved as there’ve been reports by FireEye which observed APT32’s targeting of foreign corporations vested in manufacturing, consumer products and hospitality services. They said APT32 has considerable hacking capabilities and could improve Vietnam’s auto industry by gathering data on their competitors.