What is the issue - Japanese car manufacturing giant Toyota recently suffered a data breach compromising sales information of almost 3.1 million customers.
It should be noted that this is the second breach that Toyota has suffered in the last five weeks. The first breach impacted its Australia branch, while this incident impacted the company's main branch in Japan.
Toyota revealed that hackers breached its IT systems and gained unauthorized access to servers that contained sales information of almost 3.1 customers. However, no financial information was stored in the server.
The accessed data belongs to several sales subsidiaries such as 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.
What actions were taken?
“We apologize to everyone who has been using Toyota and Lexus vehicles for the great concern. We take this situation seriously, and will thoroughly implement information security measures at dealers and the entire Toyota Group,” a Toyota spokesperson told the press.
Worth noting - On the same day that Toyota Japan announced its data breach, Toyota Vietnam also disclosed a similar cyber-security incident. However, details on the incident remain unclear.