Toyota closes its Japanese factories after reporting a cyberattack

A cyberattack forced Toyota to close its factories in Japan, causing the automaker to lose around 13,000 production cars, Reuters reports. The attack targeted a key supplier of plastic and electronic components to the company.

There was no immediate information on who was behind the cyberattack, with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida telling reporters his government would investigate whether Russia was involved. “It’s hard to say if it has anything to do with Russia until we thoroughly check it,” he said, according to Reuters.

Japan supports the United States and other Western allies seeking to impose harsh financial sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. Japan supports blocking some Russian banks from accessing the SWIFT international payment system and has said it will send $100 million in aid to Ukraine.

Toyota said the attack on supplier Kojima Industries forced the automaker to suspend 28 assembly lines at 14 plants, affecting both first and second shift workers. “We apologize to our affected suppliers and customers for any inconvenience this may cause,” the company said in a statement.

“We will also continue to work with our suppliers to strengthen the supply chain and do our utmost to deliver vehicles to our customers as soon as possible,” the company added.

The auto industry is in the midst of a number of crises affecting supply, including a global shortage of semiconductor chips. The results have included record prices for customers, as well as supply chain disruptions. Automakers have been forced to shut down factories and cancel shifts in response. Likewise, the shift to electric vehicles has increased the demand for chips and other computer components, mostly high-end varieties that can only be produced by the most advanced semiconductor foundries.

Last month, Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker, said it expected to miss its annual production target of 9 million vehicles as chip shortages affected its ability to ramp up production.


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