Toyota was the victim of a massive cyberattack, which prompted it to suspend production at its 14 Japanese factories on Tuesday all day. The manufacturer has not officially given the exact reason for this stop, but an internal source has confirmed that it is indeed a hack. The extent of the damage is not yet known.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1, no Toyota factory will operate in Japan. Facing the media, the car giant invoked a “system failure” at one of its manufacturers. A breakdown obviously substantial enough to shut down no less than 14 production centers. Therefore, it is rumored that the outage would actually be a cyberattack which would have paralyzed said supplier, who remains anonymous for the time being.
Questioned by AFP, the Japanese firm did not wish to confirm these hallway noises and justified itself by explaining that it had not been targeted. Nevertheless, a source close to the supplier has confirmed the rumors. “It is true that we have been affected by a form of cyberattack”confides the latter to the daily Nikkei. “We are still assessing the damage, with the number one priority to get Toyota’s production system back up and running as quickly as possible. »
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Toyota victim of a cyberattack loses a day of production
For now, only tomorrow will see the factories shut down. The manufacturer’s spokesman said that a new one will be done by then to assess the seriousness of the situation. This is not a decision Toyota made lightly, as these are approximately 13,000 vehicles which will not be produced during this time. At a time when the firm is already being forced to reduce its production by 40% because of the shortage of components, this cyberattack is pushing the group a little further into the mess.
What’s more, 2022 is already shaping up to be a pivotal year for Toyota. Like the majority of its competitors, it is now for the manufacturer to seriously begin its shift towards electric. As such, the latter plans to invest 13.6 billion dollars in this area by 2025. A large-scale cyberattack could damage its image with users, particularly with regard to the safety of their vehicles.