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Japan’s Bridgestone Reports A Ransomware Attack On A Subsidiary In The United States

TNI || New Delhi || 21st March 2022

Bridgestone Corp., the Japanese tyre manufacturer, recently announced that its U.S. subsidiary had been struck by a ransomware attack, only weeks after a Toyota Motor Corp. vendor reported similar attacks.

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Bridgestone Americas claimed third-party unauthorised access was gained on Feb. 27, leading the company to shut down its communications system and production at its North and Middle American factories for roughly a week.

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The incident was ultimately discovered to be a ransomware attack, as per the company, which declined to disclose additional information, including ransom demands and the implications of the production suspension.

Bridgestone, which supplies Toyota as well as other car manufacturers with tyres and other automotive parts, said the network was later restored after a thorough security review.

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The announcement comes just two weeks after Denso Corp, Toyota’s key supplier, discovered unlawful access to a group firm that manages sales and engineering in Germany through a ransomware attack.

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Late last month, another Toyota supplier was hacked, forcing Japan’s largest carmaker to halt domestic manufacturing for a day on March 1, affecting about 13,000 vehicles