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Yamaha Ransomware Attack: Personal Information Exposed | #ransomware | #cybercrime


A ransomware attack targeted Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., resulting in a partial disclosure of the personal information maintained by the company.

Notably, a third party gained unauthorized access to one of the servers run by Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. (YMPH), its motorcycle manufacturing and sales division in the Philippines.

“Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. (YMPH) was accessed without authorization by a third party and hit by a ransomware attack, and a partial leakage of employees’ personal information stored by the company was confirmed,” the company said.

Upon learning of the attack, the company promptly established a countermeasures team, and they have been attempting to stop additional harm while assessing the extent of the effects.

Overview of the Ransomware Attack

On October 25, it was confirmed that YMPH was the target of a ransomware attack. The business filed a report with the Philippine authorities.

On November 16, it became clear that certain employees’ personal information kept by YMPH had been compromised.

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“The attack was limited to one of the servers managed by YMPH and we have confirmed that it has not affected the headquarters or any other companies in the Yamaha Motor group,” the company said.

The company stated that the YMPH’s servers and systems that were unaffected by the attack have now been restored.

The attack has been linked to the ransomware group INC Ransom, which also claims to have exposed data taken from the Yamaha Motor Philippines network. Yamaha, in particular, has not linked the attack to any particular group.

The Inc. ransomware is a multi-extortion scheme that steals victims’ data and threatens to post it online if the victim doesn’t pay up.

After gaining access, they enter the network from several directions and gather and download private files for use as leverage in ransomware attacks. 

The company keeps a close eye on the situation and works as fast as possible to fully restore the YMPH systems that were compromised in the attack.

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