Panasonic hit by hackers

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Japanese electronics giant Panasonic says that it suffered what it believed was a deliberate cyber-attack on November 11th.

There’s not a lot of further detail although Japan’s public broadcaster NHK says that the attack started back in June and ceased on November 3rd.

NHK’s report added that the attacked servers stored information about Panasonic business partners and the company’s technology.

Panasonic said in a statement that as the result of an internal investigation, it was determined that some data on a file server had been accessed during the intrusion.

“After detecting the unauthorised access, the company immediately reported the incident to the relevant authorities and implemented security countermeasures, including steps to prevent external access to the network,” Panasonic stated.

Panasonic added that it brought in cyber security company McAfee in March to create a security operations centre focused on such cyber attacks.

“We cannot predict whether it will affect our business or business performance, but we cannot deny the possibility of a serious incident,” Panasonic told Japan’s Mainichi newspaper.


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