Japanese tech giant Panasonic Corporation has confirmed a data breach after cybercriminals gained access to its internal network.
Panasonic said in a press release that “its network was illegally accessed by a third party on November 11th. Following an internal investigation, it was determined that certain data on a file server had been accessed during the intrusion ”.
According to Techcrunch, Panasonic spokeswoman Dannea DeLisser confirmed that the breach began on June 22 and ended on November 3 – and that the unauthorized access was first detected on November 11.
Japanese publication NHK reported that the attacked servers were storing information about Panasonic’s business partners and the company’s technology.
After detecting the unauthorized access, the company said it immediately reported the incident to the relevant authorities and implemented security countermeasures, including measures to prevent external access to the network.
The Osaka-based company said that in addition to conducting its own investigation, it is currently working with a specialist third-party organization to investigate the leak and determine whether the breach involved customers’ personal information.
“Panasonic would like to express its sincere apologies for any concerns or inconvenience resulting from this incident,” the company added.
So far in 2021, nearly 281.5 million people have been affected by some kind of data breach, according to The Identity Theft Research Center (ITRC).
Earlier in March, the national carrier Air India informed its passengers of a data breach in the SITA passenger service system in February. The airline said the breach involved the data leakage of 45 lakh passengers.
Most recently, in November, web hosting service GoDaddy reported a massive data breach affecting nearly 1.2 million customers, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). According to the file, the company discovered the breach on November 17, 2021 with “third-party access” to its “managed WordPress hosting environment.”