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Toyota Halts Japan Production As Supplier Probes Possible Cyberattack


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Robot arms weld the bodies of fourth-generation Toyota Prius cars on the production line at the company's Tsutsumi assembly plant in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture, Japan.

The Japanese government said it will investigate the matter to determine if Russia is involved.

Credit: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

Toyota is halting production for at least a day at all 14 of its Japanese plants due to a computer problem at a supplier that may be a cyberattack.

The supplier, Kojima Industries Corp., makes air-conditioning, steering wheel parts and other components for the automaker. The company detected an error in its computer server system that disrupted communication with Toyota and disabled its production tracking system.

"This has never happened before," Kojima spokesman Tomohiro Takayama told the Associated Press. "We are not sure yet if it is a cyberattack, but we suspect it might be one."

Toyota officials said the company didn't know how long the disruption might last.

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