Toyota Accuses Ex-Contractor of Data Theft

Toyota has accused a former IT contractor of stealing proprietary information from the company and sabotaging its internal systems.

“U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell in Lexington, Ky., issued a temporary restraining order Monday against Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed, a former GlobalSource IT worker assigned to work on Toyota’s computer system,” writes Courthouse News Service’s Annie Youderian.

The restraining order bars Shahulhameed from traveling outside the United States for the next two weeks.

“After being terminated Aug. 23, he breached the system at midnight and continued working until about 6:30 a.m. Aug. 24, [Toyota’s] complaint alleged,” writes The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Valarie Honeycutt Spears. “According to the complaint, Shahulhameed improperly accessed proprietary trade secrets and information including pricing information, quality testing data, parts-testing data and proprietary design information, the complaint said.”

“Furthermore, he allegedly altered a number of 13 applications present on the website,” writes Softpedia’s Eduard Kovacs. “According to the complaint filed by Toyota in the U.S. District Court in Lexington, Kentucky, the organization and its suppliers would suffer serious consequences if the information accessed by the suspect were to land in the competition’s yard.”

“Toyota manufacturing spokesman Rick Hesterberg said Monday that Toyota continues to investigate the security breach and does not know yet what has happened with the confidential information, or whether it may have changed hands,” writes Automotive News’ Lindsay Chappell. “‘We currently do not believe that any supplier data or our proprietary company information has been disseminated,’ he said.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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