Toyota to close Japanese factories after suspected cyber-attack

Toyota is expected to shut down all 14 of its factories in Japan on Tuesday after a possible cyber-attack.

According to news site Nikkei, supplier Kojima Industries Corporation suspected it had been hit by a cyber-attack, causing a halt in production.

Japanese factories account for about a third of Toyota’s production.

It told the Wall Street Journal it did not know whether the factories would remain closed beyond Tuesday.

Toyota is the world’s best selling carmaker, with a production target for this years placed at 8.5 million vehicles.

The closure will reportedly set it back by about 13,000 cars.

“Due to a system failure at a supplier in Japan, we have decided to suspend the operation of 28 lines at all 14 domestic plants”, said Toyota.

Like other manufacturers, Toyota’s production has been hit by the global semi-conductor shortage. The shutdown included some plants operated by Toyota-affiliated Hino Motors and Daihatsu Motors.

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