Automotive parts maker Denso confirms cyberattack

Denso said there was a breach related to its German operations.
The Denso exhibit at the 2018 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 16, 2018 in Detroit. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

The global automotive components manufacturer Denso said in a press release this week that its German operations had been “illegally accessed by a third party.”

The ransomware group Pandora claimed responsibility, listing Denso on its leak site. By Wednesday, Denso no longer appeared on the Pandora site. Brett Callow, a threat analyst at Emsisoft, said that when ransomware groups de-list companies it typically indicates that the company has agreed to either negotiate or pay a ransom.

Denso said that after officials detected the unauthorized access, the company “promptly cut off the network connection of devices that received unauthorized access and confirmed that there is no impact on other DENSO facilities.”

The company is investigating the March 10 incident and said there had been no interruption to production activities.


Denso supplies parts to Toyota and other major automotive brands. The company’s consolidated revenue was $44.6 billion last fiscal year.

The incident is the latest incident to hit an automotive supplier. In late February, Toyota announced it was suspending operations at all 14 Japanese plants after parts supplier Kojima Industries Corp. was hit by a suspected cyberattack.

Suzanne Smalley

Written by Suzanne Smalley

Suzanne joined CyberScoop from Inside Higher Ed, where she covered educational technology and from Yahoo News, where she worked as an investigative reporter. Prior to Yahoo News, Suzanne worked as a consultant to the economist Raj Chetty as he launched his Harvard-based research institute Opportunity Insights. Earlier in her career Suzanne covered the Boston Police Department for the Boston Globe and covered two presidential campaigns for Newsweek. She holds a masters in journalism from Northwestern and a BA from Georgetown. A Miami native, Suzanne lives in upper Northwest Washington with her family.

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