Toyota to Close Japan Plants After Suspected Cyberattack

The plants will shut down on Tuesday, halting about a third of the company’s global production. Toyota doesn’t know how long the 14 plants will be unplugged.

What was potentially a cyberattack hit one of Toyota’s parts suppliers, causing the company to move to shut down about a third of the company’s global production tomorrow, the company announced on Monday.

Toyota doesn’t know how long the 14 plants will be unplugged. The closure will mean that the company’s output will shrink by around 13,000 cars.

Reuters reported that within hours of Japan having joined Western allies in blocking some Russian banks from accessing the SWIFT international payment system and committing to giving Ukraine $100 million in emergency aid, a spokesperson at Toyota supplier Kojima Industries Corp. said that it had apparently been hit by “some kind of cyber attack.”

Kojima supplies plastic parts and electronic components to Toyota.

The attack hasn’t been confirmed. Toyota, for its part, is calling the incident a “supplier system failure,” according to Reuters. The shutdown will also reportedly affect some of the plants operated by Toyota affiliates Hino Motors and Daihatsu.

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