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Nissan has little detail on the attack

Nissan Motor Company has announced that its information systems have been hacked. So far, the company doesn't know who the hackers were, or where they struck from and it's unclear what data may have been compromised. Nissan believes that the hackers were looking for intellectual property related to its EV drivetrains.
Nissan maintains that it quickly secured its system and issued a statement alerting customers and employees that its data systems were breached. Nissan says that the infiltration was noticed on April 13 so it has been roughly 10 days since the database was compromised.
The statement read:
We have detected an intrusion into our company's global information systems network.
On April 13, 2012, our information security team confirmed the presence of a computer virus on our network and immediately took aggressive actions to protect the company's systems and data. This included actions to protect information related to customers, employees and other partners worldwide. This incident initially involved the malicious placement of malware within our IS network, which then allowed transfer from a data store, housing employee user account credentials.
As a result of our swift and deliberate actions we believe that our systems are secure and that no customer, employee or program data has been compromised. However, we believe that user IDs and hashed passwords were transmitted. We have no indication that any personal information and emails have been compromised. Regardless, we are continuing to take appropriate precautionary measures.
Due to the ever-evolving sophistication and tenacity of hackers targeting corporations and governments on a daily basis, we continue to vigilantly maintain our protection and detection systems and related countermeasures to keep ahead of emerging threats. Our focus remains on safeguarding the integrity of employee, consumer and corporate information.
Nissan says that it opted to keep the hack secret for the last 10 days until it had a better idea what was going on according to a spokesman cited by The Detroit Bureau.

Sources: Nissan, The Detroit Bureau

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Almost guaranteed
By FITCamaro on 4/24/2012 8:45:28 AM , Rating: 5
To be a Chinese company stealing technology for use in its own vehicles.

RE: Almost guaranteed
By Chudilo on 4/24/2012 9:51:00 AM , Rating: 2
Mahahahah, have you seen chinese cars? Hybrid tanks, would be more realistic, if anything.

RE: Almost guaranteed
By Iaiken on 4/24/2012 10:49:12 AM , Rating: 3
I'm fairly certain it was the CCG acting on behalf of their domestic auto manufacturers. It wouldn't be the first time either. Back in 2007 a small Chinese firm started producing exact clones of the Chevy Spark 6 months before GM had completed the production line.

RE: Almost guaranteed
By BZDTemp on 4/24/2012 11:21:41 AM , Rating: 1
Or it could be Ferrari wanting to get at the GTR tech :-)

In reality it could almost anybody wanting to get at the Nissan tech. Car companies everywhere or car company suppliers will have lots to gain from the Nissan secrets, so though the Chinese could be likely it may as well be a US company behind this. There is even prior that may have some point fingers at US government dealings(look up Echelon).

RE: Almost guaranteed
By EricMartello on 4/24/2012 5:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
Even if the Chinese made a GT-R clone and sold it for $15,000 I would rather spend the money on an original Nissan GT-R.

Loosely related observation: Nissan has some ridiculous pricing, though. They think their Maxima is a $40K vehicle.'s a family sedan in the same group as Camry and Accord. Who are they kidding? You can get a nicer car than a Maxima if you have $40K to burn on a ride. Adding a bit of irony - Nissan's Infiniti line is actually priced competitively in relation to the market; but I do not like the current infiniti "marshmallow man" styling.

RE: Almost guaranteed
By Mint on 4/26/2012 1:22:58 PM , Rating: 2
I think Infiniti is still up there among the best in styling, though they used to be better (the original FX was groundbreaking in SUV styling, IMO). The M and G look great.

The base Nissan brand is getting a bit crazy. The Juke and Leaf look really awkward with the headlight location, and the 2013 Altima is a big step backwards.

RE: Almost guaranteed
By Jeff7181 on 4/24/2012 9:39:37 PM , Rating: 2

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