Toyota Dev Left Customers Info On Public GitHub Page For Five Years

Toyota admits to putting 296,019 email addresses and customer management numbers of people who registered on T-Connect assistance on its T-Connect assistance website in danger of theft by bungling its security.

T-Connect’s Japanese newsroom apologizes for the privacy breach; it explains an outside developer responsible for developing the site T-Connect released the website’s source code to a GitHub public repository in December 2017.

It was not noticed until September 15, 2022.

When Toyota looked at the code sources, the giant manufacturer discovered that the repository of code for public use included an access key to a server that stored the customer’s information. This server was, therefore, accessible to anyone in the world.

When Toyota discovered that the repo was on the GitHub repository, Toyota quickly made the repo private. A few days later, the company changed the access keys to the server for data.

The Japanese giant has been commissioned to investigate the error. Still, he could not determine or deny that miscreants were aware of the issue and used the key to steal information on the servers.

T-Connect includes features such as digital keys for smartphones to unlock Toyota vehicles’ navigation services and remote starting.

The customer-management numbers stored on the server aren’t useful to third-party users. But email addresses are, especially when criminals decide to launch a phishing scheme that is Toyota-themed. The automaker has thus warned T-Connect users to examine any emails that arrive.

The automaker may need to look at its own business more carefully!

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