Suspected cyberattack on parts supplier forces Toyota to shut down Japan plants

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Feb 28, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

Toyota said Monday that it was suspending operations at all 14 of its plants in Japan after a domestic supplier of parts, Kojima Industries Corp., was hit by a suspected cyberattack.

Toyota described it as a “system failure” at Kojima in a short statement posted online.

A Kojima spokesperson told ABC News that the company was working to fix the problem, which essentially blocked the company’s computers from communicating with Toyota.

“We are not sure yet if it is a cyberattack, but we suspect it might be one,” the spokesperson said. As of Monday morning, U.S. Eastern time, Kojima’s website was unreachable.

There was no information available about the suspected attackers or their methods. The incident comes as corporations and governments in Japan, the U.S. and Europe are on guard for potential Russian cyberattacks related to the clampdown on Russia’s financial system in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

Reuters reported that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said his government was investigating the incident.

“It is difficult to say whether this has anything to do with Russia before making thorough checks,” said.

Reports said the shutdown would affect the production

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