Cyber Attack on Toyota Car Maker

A few hours ago, Toyota Australia has released an official statement stating that the digital assets of the car making company were targeted by a cyber attack recently. However, the world renowned car making company disclosed that none of its employee data or customer information was compromised in the incident.

According to sources report to Cybersecurity Insiders, the email servers of Toyota were hit by a cyber attack on Tuesday this week locking out the employees from accessing their emails.

The news is out that the car making operations are reported to have been hit on a partial note as the company has pressed international cybersecurity experts to investigate the cyber incident.

A source based on the condition of anonymity said that the hackers gained access into the network and spread data locking malware called Ransomware onto the email server. However, as the activity was identified in time by the authorities, it was contained before it could do serious damage.

Toyota specified in the press statement that the dealers of the car company were able to sell cars across Australia as their services remained unaffected.

The surprising fact in the incident is that the attack took place on the same day when hackers took hold of over 15K medical files of patients from specialist cardiology unit ‘Melbourne Heart Group’ based at Malvern’s Cabrini Hospital and started to demand a ransom to release the files.

Furthermore, the incident took place just after a couple of days when the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison publicized to the world that some politicians from his nation’s parliament were cyber attacked by state-funded hackers of China.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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