[ April 09, 2019 ]
Hoya Corporation, the leading manufacturer of optical products in Japan, has disclosed that it suffered a serious cyber attack in late February. Due to the attack, a large section of its factories was shut down for three days.
As many as 100 computers were infected with a virus that stole user IDs and passwords.
After the attack, a computer server controlling the network had slowed down on March 1, 2019.
The company’s officials found that the hackers had gained unauthorized access to systems to mine cryptocurrencies illegally. As many as 100 computers were infected with a virus that stole user IDs and passwords.
Although the company’s personal data was breached, it is believed that the hackers had leveraged another virus to enable mining of cryptocurrencies.Computers in Japan that were connected to the network were also affected, disrupting the issue of invoices. All the factories based in Thailand were affected by the attack.
However, no data leak was detected due to the attack. The company claims that it prevented the second phase – illegal mining of cryptocurrencies – of the attack, Japan Times reported.