Filed under: Government/Legal , Hirings/Firings/Layoffs , Technology , Toyota , India According to Toyota , a former employee has hacked into its computer systems and stolen sensitive information. According to an Automotive News report, Toyota filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Lexington, Kentucky late last week. The complaint was filed against former IT contractor Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed, who Toyota says was fired on August 23. According to the filing, Toyota indicates Shahulhameed logged on to its system the evening of his firing and downloaded and printed trade secrets. One result of the filing is that Toyota has acquired a restraining order against Shahulhameed, prohibiting him from leaving the United States or disseminating the information that Toyota says is ill-gotten company property. The specific area that was hacked was ToyotaSupplier.com, a site where the automaker’s suppliers exchange highly sensitive information with Toyota about both current and future products. Toyota states that it will continue to investigate the security breach and do not yet know exactly what has happened with the confidential information. There is the possibility that it may have changed hands, but according to a Toyota manufacturing spokesman, “It’s too early to speculate on what-if’s.” According to the court documents, Shahulhameed is an Indian citizen who was living in Georgetown, Kentucky, and was apparently about to leave for his native India. Toyota hacked by ex-IT worker, sensitive info stolen originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:58:00 EST.
Filed under: China , GM , Toyota , Volkswagen , India For what seemed like an eternity, the title of World’s Largest Automaker belonged to General Motors . More recently, Toyota was able to wrestle the mantle away from GM as the Japanese automaker made huge gains in GM’s home country and abroad, and Volkswagen has been nipping at the two behemoth’s heels. According to Bloomberg , though, the top three are likely to see themselves reshuffled before 2011 officially draws to a close. Volkswagen, with an estimated 2011 sales tally of around 8.1 million vehicles globally (up 13 percent over 2010), is likely to earn top billing as the largest automaker in the world. General Motors, which was in the sales lead through the first half of 2011 , ought to move around 7.55 million machines (an eight-percent increase) to hold on to second place while Toyota’s estimated 7.27 million sales (a nine-percent falloff) would only be good enough for third in the global race for sales dominance. There are a number of reasons Toyota has seen its sales flounder in 2011 – most notably the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in the first quarter of the year that halted production of many of its popular models, but also due in part to lingering aftereffects of its recall-ridden history over the past few years. Company CEO Akio Toyoda has vowed to address all of these concerns. Analysts are split on predictions for 2012, with some suggesting VW will have enough momentum to hang on to its number one spot and others believing Toyota will rebound to reclaim first place in global sales. Success in emerging markets like China and India will likely be the deciding factor in sales supremacy, both in 2012 and in the years to follow. VW to pass Toyota as biggest global automaker this year?