Panasonic's Data Breach Leaves Open Questions

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Consumer electronics giant Panasonic’s data breach raises questions, researchers say – given that more than two weeks after the incident was discovered, it’s unclear if customers’ personal information has been impacted. On Friday, Panasonic confirmed that its “network was illegally accessed by a third party on November 11, 2021,” and that “some data on a file server had been accessed during the intrusion.” It added, “Panasonic is currently working [to] determine if the breach involved customers’ personal information and/or sensitive information related to social infrastructure.” Further details on the breach are thin, with Panasonic’s bare-bones statement offering very little in the way of technical detail or timeline. However, local reports picked up by the Record indicated that the breach had been ongoing since June, giving attackers plenty of time to knock around in the Japanese behemoth’s files. The NHK news outlet also noted that “in addition to information about the company’s technology and business partners, personal information of employees was stored on the server….the company says that the leakage of information to the outside has not been confirmed at this time,” according to its sources [translation via Google Translate]. However, Jake Williams, co-founder and CTO at BreachQuest, speculated that the intrusion could balloon into a major incident. “As is typical in these early-stage incident reports, there are many unknowns,” he said via email. “In this case…

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