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Panasonic Investigating Data Breach

Panasonic last week disclosed a network breach that resulted in a file server reportedly storing potentially sensitive information getting accessed.

In a press release issued on November 26, the Japanese electronics giant said it discovered the breach on November 11. The company’s investigation into the incident is ongoing, but it has confirmed unauthorized access to a file server.

Japanese news website NHK reported that the compromised server stored information on technology, business partners, and employees. Panasonic is trying to determine whether any information was actually exfiltrated.

“In addition to conducting its own investigation, Panasonic is currently working with a specialist third-party organization to investigate the leak and determine if the breach involved customers' personal information and/or sensitive information related to social infrastructure,” Panasonic said.

The server was reportedly accessed on multiple occasions between June and November.

Panasonic’s disclosure of this breach comes roughly one year after news broke that cybercriminals had breached Panasonic India. The hackers leaked stolen information after threatening to do so unless a ransom was paid.

The Information Security Media Group reported at the time that the cybercriminals leaked 4GB of data, including financial information, credentials and email addresses. Panasonic India confirmed the breach, but claimed that “highly confidential information” had not been compromised.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.