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Panasonic says business systems weren’t accessed during server breach

Panasonic file servers were breached on November 11, 2021, and now the company has confirmed that no business systems were accessed other than the said filer server.

After confirming the breach on November 26, Panasonic issued an update on Friday following the investigation alongwith an external security advisor.

Once the initial breach was detected, the incident was immediately reported to relevant authorities, and Panasonic worked with a third-party security organisation to investigate the leak.

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What caused the Panasonic security breach?

The server was accessed via the server of an overseas subsidiary. However, the company hasn’t named either the subsidiary or the third-party’s name responsible for the breach. They’re also taking countermeasures based on the potential for leakage, including informing potentially impacted personnel.

The company has confirmed that no files related to or containing personal information for individual customers were found to be hosted on the impacted server. There was some information related to candidates who applied for jobs or were hired as interns at certain divisions of the company on the server, and impacted people are being informed.

The server also did not have files related to business partner personnel, except business contact details. The server also hosted files with business-related information provided by partners and some information generated internally by the company. The aspect currently is being analysed, and impacted partners will be informed individually. 

The company reports having implemented additional security measures, including resetting relevant passwords, enhancing server access monitoring and strengthening access controls from overseas locations. The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be disclosed when available.

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