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Nissan Restoring Systems After Cyberattack

Nissan Oceania says it has been working on restoring its systems after falling victim to a cyberattack.

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has disclosed a cyberattack impacting the internal systems at Nissan Oceania.

A regional division of the multinational carmaker, Nissan Oceania is responsible for the company’s operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Nissan Oceania disclosed the cyberattack in an incident notification on its regional websites, but did not share specific information on the type or extent of the breach, citing its ongoing investigation into the matter.

“The Australian and New Zealand Nissan Corporation and Financial Services advises that its systems have been subject to a cyber incident. Nissan is working with its global incident response team and relevant stakeholders to investigate the extent of the incident and whether any personal information has been accessed,” the carmaker said.

The company noted that the relevant authorities in Australia and New Zealand have been informed of the attack, encouraging customers to keep an eye out for any unusual or scam activities across their accounts.

Nissan also said that it has been working on restoring the systems that were affected by the incident, which suggests that a ransomware attack might have forced it to take the systems offline.

Shutting systems down or disconnecting them from the network is the typical response to ransomware infections, as it helps contain the attack and may prevent broad file encryption.

Nissan also noted that, while its dealer systems would be impacted by the incident, local dealerships continue to operate, thus advising customers to contact local Nissan dealers directly to receive assistance.  

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The company also promised to provide additional information on the attack as soon as details become available.

Nissan is the second Japanese automobile maker to disclose a cyberattack within the past month, after Yamaha Motors’ Philippines subsidiary fell victim to a ransomware attack in October.

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Ionut Arghire is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek.

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