TOKYO, Feb. 28 (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp. that it will suspend all factory operations across the country on Tuesday, a move that will cost it nearly 13,000 cars after a company that supplies plastic parts and electronic components suffered an alleged computer attack.
No information was immediately available about who was behind the attack or the cause. The incident comes just after Japan contacted Western allies as they pressed Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, although it was unclear whether the hack was involved.
A spokesman for the vendor, Kojima Industries Corp, said it appeared to be a cyber-attack of some kind. A Toyota spokesman described it as a “supplier system failure”.
The COVID pandemic has led to the world’s stoppage of production and the world’s largest automaker tackling supply chain delays, forcing the company and other automakers to reduce manufacturing.
This month, Toyota was forced to suspend some of its production in North America due to a shortage of parts due to protests from Canadian drivers.
(Reported by Satoshi Sugiyama, Maki Shiraki and Tim Kelly. Editing in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)
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