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Toyota Customer Information Exposed in Data Breach

The attackers hit dealer sales systems in Japan, according to the automaker.

Toyota Motor Corp. dealerships in Japan were hit with a cyberattack earlier this month in which information on 3 million of the carmakers' customers was stolen.

The hack hit Toyota Sales Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Toyota Motor in Japan, and its affiliates. This marks the second attack reported by Toyota in two months—Toyota Australia reported a breach on Feb. 21 that it said didn't impact user or customer data.

A Toyota spokesperson said the latest attack specifically occurred on the carmakers' systems in Japan. "Additionally, three other independent dealers in Japan are possibly involved. Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is monitoring the situation closely and is currently unaware of any compromise of TMNA systems associated with this incident or evidence that Toyota or Lexus dealers in the United States have been targeted," the company said in a statement.

The Japan Times, meanwhile, said in a report today that data on the Toyota customers was stolen in the recent attack and the stolen data may include names, birth dates, and employment information but not credit card numbers.

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