Toyota has suspended production on all 28 production lines at 14 plants in Japan due to a cyber attack. Additionally, its subsidiary Hino has paused output at its Koga and Hamura plants, while Daihatsu has also halted production at its Kyoto facility, according to Nikkei Asia.
The Japanese automaker said it is still investigating the origin of the cyber attack, the specific malware used and the damage caused. According to company statement:
“It is true that we have been hit by some kind of cyber attack. We are still confirming the damage and we are hurrying to respond, with the top priority of resuming Toyota’s production system as soon as possible.”
As per reports, approximately 400 Tier-1 suppliers to Toyota are directly connected to the automaker’s production control system. To prevent longer-term damage, Toyota has halted the production and has prioritized inspection and recovery of the system.
This isn’t the first time Toyota has been hit by cyber attack. The automaker was hit by multiple attacks a couple of years ago, whereas other automakers including Honda, Nissan and Renault were also affected by similar attacks within the last few years.
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