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U.S. subsidiary of Japanese autoparts maker hit by cyberattack

On March 24, Sanoh Industrial Co. announced that its U.S. subsidiary had been hit by a cyberattack. A hacker organization launched a ransomware attack and disclosed some of the data it had stolen from the autoparts maker on its own website. The U.S. subsidiary cut access to the network to ensure its vendors would not be affected. The firm says….Read more

  • March 25, 2022
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Japan launches new cyber defense command to counter threat from neighboring countries

The Defense Ministry has launched a cyber defense command by reorganizing related units of the Ground, Maritime and Air Self-Defense Forces. The move is aimed at strengthening its ability to cope with rapidly growing cyber threats from China, North Korea and Russia.   However, there are many issues to be tackled, such as legal restrictions hampering an immediate counterattack.  ….Read more

  • March 20, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 11:46 a.m.
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Bridgestone Americas temporarily halts operations due to cyberattack

NHK reported that Bridgestone Americas, the U.S.-based subsidiary of the Japanese tire and parts manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation, suspended operations at several of its plants for about a week in late February due to a cyberattack. The company noticed unauthorized access to its network on Feb. 27 and disconnected many of its manufacturing and retreading facilities in the Americas. Operations at….Read more

  • March 18, 2022
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Cyberattacks hit year-high in February–March, Teikoku Databank poll

On March 15, Teikoku Databank announced its poll findings indicating a rapid rise in cyberattacks since mid-February. The poll covered the one-year period from March 2021, and some 30% of companies said that they were cyberattacked from mid-February through mid-March 2022, making this the period with the highest number of cyberattacks in the past year. There were also many cases….Read more

  • March 16, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 17
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Denso’s stolen data removed from dark web  

Sankei reported that major auto parts supplier Denso announced on Thursday that the sensitive data stolen from its computer server in Germany has been deleted from the dark web. An accompanying statement on the ransomware attack by the hacker group Pandora has also allegedly been removed. A company spokesperson reportedly dodged a reporter’s question about whether ransom was paid by citing….Read more

  • March 18, 2022
  • , Sankei
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SDF launches cyber defense unit

NHK reported on the official establishment today of an SDF unit tasked with defending the nation’s cyberspace from adversaries, saying it was previously called the unit for command, control, and communications. The team now comprises 540 personnel tasked with training human resources, supporting practical training, and managing information and communication networks. “The launch marks a major step toward establishing Japan’s….Read more

  • March 17, 2022
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Toyota parts supplier Denso officially announces ransomware attack 

Asahi, Mainichi, and Sankei reported that Denso, a major parts supplier of Toyota Motor, officially announced on Monday that it confirmed “unauthorized access [to its network] by a third party.” The company was reportedly hit by a ransomware attack and some of its information was leaked as a result. The papers said Denso was also hit by a cyberattack last December. Asahi….Read more

  • March 15, 2022
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Sankei
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Toyota halts 2 plants in Japan

Nagoya, March 11 (Jiji Press)–Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> suspended operations at two plants in Japan from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday, resulting in some 3,000 units in lost production, company officials said Friday.     The two plants were unable to receive auto parts from Kojima Industries Corp., a supplier hit by a cyberattack last month. Operations at the two plants returned to….Read more

  • March 11, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 3:51 p.m.
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Toyota subsidiary hit by cyberattack

NHK reported on an announcement made on Sunday by Denso Corp., a major auto parts supplier affiliated with Toyota, that the computer network of its office in Germany was illicitly accessed and the company is currently investigating the scope of the damage. A cybercrime syndicate called Pandora allegedly posted a statement on the dark web demanding that the firm pay….Read more

  • March 13, 2022
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Japan lags behind cyber defense amid growing threat over Ukraine crisis

By Ichioka Toyohiro   Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised concerns in Japan about cyberattacks as a non-military means of disruption. In Ukraine, there has been a notable increase in cyberattacks on government and other institutions since the beginning of the year. In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation was forced to suspend operations at all its plants in the country due….Read more

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