Recent reports indicate that the Japanese Automaker Toyota, was supposedly a victim of a cyber attack in the last week of February 2022. Kojima Industries, a major supplier of plastic components for Toyota, reported a “system failure” which caused Toyota to suspend all operations for at least a day. Toyota issued a statement on 28th of February that confirmed a temporary halt in production which led to a loss of approximately 13,000 units. The cyber attack has not been confirmed but Toyota refers to the incident as a “Supplier System Failure”. Kojima Industries has not issued a statement about the attack, but it was noticed that their website went offline which is speculated to be due to this cyber attack.
If this incident turns out to be a cyber attack, this would not be the first of its kind. In 2020, an Australian subsidiary of Toyota was hit by a major cyber attack which forced the company to send its employees back home. In a conference in 2021, the Subsidiary’s Infrastructure Manager said that the recovery was “painful” because they had to rebuild the IT Helpdesk Systems and Configuration Management Database [CMDB].
Cyber attacks have increased significantly all over the world in the past few weeks considering the recent events going on between Russia and Ukraine. Such attacks that are capable of disrupting operations of conglomerates continue to increase day-by-day. This creates a huge demand for cyber security solutions and makes it necessary for organisations to implement cyber security and conduct Supplier Security Audits, regardless of their type or location.