Nissan investigates cyberattack in Australia and New Zealand

Japanese carmaker Nissan has reported a cybersecurity incident involving its systems in Australia and New Zealand.

In a statement on Wednesday, the company said that it is working with security researchers “to investigate the extent of the incident and whether any personal information has been accessed.” Nissan has also notified the relevant security authorities in each country.

The company didn’t mention the impact the attack had on its operations but said that it “is working to restore its systems as soon as possible.”

Nissan also encouraged its customers to “remain vigilant” and watch out for any unusual or scam activities. This warning may indicate that the company suspects a data breach has occurred.

Recorded Future News reached out to the company to get more details but hasn’t received a response yet.

In January, Nissan warned thousands of its customers of its finance division about the potential leak of personal information through a third-party vendor.

Data from car companies and car insurance providers is typically in high demand among cybercriminals, with multiple threat actors and groups leaking stolen data on the dark web.

Earlier in November, another Japanese carmaker, Toyota, also suffered a cyberattack that targeted its European and African financial services department.

In September, nearly 15,000 accounts were raided at several large automakers’ websites to harvest important information about thousands of individual vehicles.

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Daryna Antoniuk

Daryna Antoniuk
is a freelance reporter for Recorded Future News based in Ukraine. She writes about cybersecurity startups, cyberattacks in Eastern Europe and the state of the cyberwar between Ukraine and Russia. She previously was a tech reporter for Forbes Ukraine. Her work has also been published at Sifted, The Kyiv Independent and The Kyiv Post.