Toei Animation was hacked because an employee downloaded an infection program

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The studies Toei Animation published a press release reporting the results of the investigation into the “hockey”Made on their servers last month, revealing that it all happened from one of the employees downloading infected software from an external site. The statement writes:

TOEI ANIMATION CO., LTD. (the “Company”) today the results, described below, of the investigation into unauthorized access to its network by a third party on March 6, 2022. In addition, as of today, there are regular operations and anime production of the Company running more or less normally. We would like to sincerely apologize for the enormous concern and inconvenience caused to our customers, suppliers and other parties involved.

  • Background: An employee of the Company downloaded from a external website a computer program necessary for its activity, which was manipulated to download a computer program that would act as an entry point for the infiltration of ransom goods. Subsequently, on March 6, the Company confirmed unauthorized access to its network by a third party.
  • Response and investigation: Upon confirmation of unauthorized access to its aforementioned network, the Company took a number of steps, including immediately shutting down parts of its internal system and restricting external access. Moreover, the Company not only did they promptly report the incident to the relevant authorities, but also carried out the appropriate and necessary responses and investigations with the participation of external security specialists. Today, with security measures in place, all of the company ‘s internal systems are more or less standardized.
  • Impact: After unauthorized access by a third party, some of the data on the server and the computers Company encrypted after being infected by the ransomware, which delayed some regular operations and anime production for about a month.
  • Leakage of information: The investigation conducted by the external security specialists did not confirm any leakage of information, including personal information. The IS Company nor did you receive any reports of customer damage etc.
  • Measures to prevent recurrence: Looking ahead, the Company intends to train its employees to become more aware of information security and to strengthen the response system to prevent unauthorized access.

Source: Official site

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