The famous car manufacturer Toyota is preparing to suspend 14 of its factories due to a possible cyberattack. Officials say they have no idea how long this disruption will last.
The 14 Japanese factories under the flag represent in particular a third of the world production of the automobile firm. Other Toyota-affiliated factories, such as Hino Motors and Daihatsu, are also included in the shutdown.
Toyota Cyber Attack 2022: Japanese factories affected
There is no information immediately available about the attack, so sources like Reuters recorded data submitted by reporters. Some speculate that the attack could be retaliation against Japan for its support of Ukraine, but nothing is confirmed at this time.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said: “It’s hard to say if it has anything to do with Russia until we thoroughly check. He promised his government was already taking steps to investigate the attack.
It should be emphasized that the attack was not launched directly against Toyota Motor Corp. Rather, it was directed against the supplier of plastic parts and electronic components, namely Kojima Industries Corp.
A spokesperson told Nikkei: “It is true that we have been hit by some kind of cyberattack. We are still confirming the damage, and we are rushing to respond, with the top priority of resuming the production system of Toyota as soon as possible.”
For reference, Toyota uses a just-in-time production control system, which means that all parts received from the supplier are immediately used for production instead of being stored. That’s why Toyota had no choice but to stop production.
Note that until the supplier’s system failure is resolved and its cybersecurity is not compromised, Toyota will continue to struggle with production.
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Toyota cybersecurity issues: When will production resume?
As mentioned earlier, Toyota is one of the largest automakers in the world. So this sudden shutdown definitely affects its systems in a negative way. The shutdown would have delayed production by 13,000 cars or more, according to the BBC. This represents about 4-5% of Toyota’s monthly production in Japan.
Its subsidiary Hino Motors will also suspend operations at its Koga plant and the Hamura plant. These two are responsible for manufacturing trucks of all sizes for export and domestic sale.
Unfortunately for fans, Toyota has yet to announce how long this shutdown will last. The suspension will be effective from Tuesday, February 28, and will last indefinitely until the company is confident in its system repairs and cybersecurity countermeasures.
Notably, the cyberattack shutdown just happened in addition to Toyota’s supply chain crises due to the global pandemic. These two factors should negatively impact their performance. Toyota should be able to find a way to overcome these unfortunate difficulties, just as it did during the Toyota recall crisis.
Fans interested in Toyota’s lineup of vehicles are advised to wait for further updates, which could drop anytime during the week.
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