Toyota fires IT contractor; he sabotages their system

By on August 30, 2012
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Revenge job didn’t work out as planned.

Toyota recently fired an programming contractor, for undisclosed reasons, who in turn decided to have a little revenge of his own. Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed was let go on 23rd August, and then logged back into their back-end on the same night, for almost six hours, downloading sensitive information and removing security certificates that eventually crashed their systems.

Shahulhameed, and Indian national, told his former employers that he’ll be returning back home, after he was let go. However, once the security breach was discovered by Toyota, the lawyers filed a complaint in court and Shahulhameed was ordered not to leave the country.

The website in question was Toyotasupplier.com where Toyota exchanges parts and pricing information for upcoming vehicles with their suppliers. Parts pricing and specification, including design docs and quality testing are all part of the website.

If this information were disseminated to competitors or otherwise made public, it would be highly damaging to Toyota and its suppliers, causing immediate and irreparable damage,” Toyota attorney Mindy Barfield wrote in a complaint to the court.

“We are and will continue to investigate this thoroughly, but currently we do not believe that any supplier data or proprietary information has been distributed,” said Rick Hesterberg, Toyota spokesperson to Lexington Herald. He said apparently no employee information was distributed either.


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