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Nissan North America targeted in data breach impacting more than 53,000 staff members

Written by Thu 23 May 2024

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In a filing to the Maine Attorney General, Nissan North America (NNA) admitted a major cybersecurity incident happened on 7 November, 2023.

According to the filing, it was only discovered in late February 2024 that the breach saw sensitive personal information about current and former staff, including Social Security numbers, being lost to hackers.

When Nissan North America first learned of the ransomware attack last November, it was initially believed that only business information had been stolen. Yet, a further investigation found personal information was also taken.

“Since the attack, Nissan North America has taken several steps to strengthen its security environment, including an enterprise-wide password reset, implementation of Carbon Black monitoring on all compatible systems, vulnerability scans, and other actions to address unauthorised access,” said the company in the filing.

At the time of publication, Nissan North America is not aware of any successful cases of fraud that have come about directly from the breach. However, Nissan North America has offered free fraud protection services to all employees who were impacted by this attack.

Nissan North America first became aware of the threat when a number of systems were shut down, as the hacker accessed them. According to the carmaker, the business then reported the attack to law enforcement services and spoke to legal counsel and forensics experts to fully investigate and eliminate the threat. As part of the response, the company decided to take a number of systems offline to ensure the hacking attack did not have the opportunity to spread further across the organisation.

This case is not the first time the company has faced the consequences of a data breach. In January 2023, the business said around 25,000 customers had seen their personal information exposed as the result of a data breach at a third-party services firm.

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Written by Thu 23 May 2024

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