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Hackers Breach Nissan's Global Network Systems

Nissan Motor Co. has come forward with news that malicious attackers had successfully breached its networks recently, but that the company believes the hackers did not get away with what they wanted.

Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., did say, however, that the hackers managed to plant malware inside the organization and likely got their hands on user IDs and hashed passwords in an incident that occurred on April 13, 2012.

Palmer provided the following statement on the incident:

We have detected an intrusion into our company's global information systems network.


On April 13, 2012, our information security team confirmed the presence of a computer virus on our network and immediately took aggressive actions to protect the company's systems and data. This included actions to protect information related to customers, employees and other partners worldwide. This incident initially involved the malicious placement of malware within our IS network, which then allowed transfer from a data store, housing employee user account credentials.


As a result of our swift and deliberate actions we believe that our systems are secure and that no customer, employee or program data has been compromised. However, we believe that user IDs and hashed passwords were transmitted. We have no indication that any personal information and emails have been compromised. Regardless, we are continuing to take appropriate precautionary measures.


Due to the ever-evolving sophistication and tenacity of hackers targeting corporations and governments on a daily basis, we continue to vigilantly maintain our protection and detection systems and related countermeasures to keep ahead of emerging threats. Our focus remains on safeguarding the integrity of employee, consumer and corporate information."

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.