Toyota says it was hacked by ex-IT contractor, sensitive information stolen

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Toyota has accused an IT contractor that the car manufacturer fired just last week of breaking into its computer systems, and stealing sensitive information including trade secrets.

In a complaint filed at the US District Court in Lexington, Kentucky, the North American branch of the Toyota Motor company claimed that Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed illegally accessed one of its websites, after being dismissed from his contracting job on August 23rd.

Within hours of his dismissal, Shahulhameed is said to have logged into the toyotasupplier.com website without authorisation, and spent hours downloading proprietary plans for parts, designs and pricing information.

The website is used by Toyota’s suppliers to exchange highly sensitive information with the company about current and future products.

Toyota claims that if the information were shared with competitors, or made public, “it would be highly damaging to Toyota, and its suppliers, causing immediate and irreparable damage.”…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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