Toyota reported a possible data leak to 296,000 T-Connect clients

Toyota reported a possible data leak to 296,000 T-Connect clients

Toyota Motor announced on Friday that some 296,000 customers of the T-Connect service might have leaked personal information. This is about the e-mail addresses of users. The leak has affected T-Connect clients who have registered with the service using the mailbox address since July 2017.

T-Connect is a telematic ecosystem to inform car owners via smartphone about the location and condition of their vehicles.

The company acknowledged that third-party access to the server where the information was stored "cannot be completely excluded"; however, it insisted that there could not be any leakage of confidential personal data, including names, telephone numbers or credit card data.

As Toyota explained, a possible leak could have occurred because the contractor who developed the T-Connect website accidentally downloaded a portion of the source code with the key to the company ' s server on the side of the service; therefore, some of the user data from December 2017 to 15 September of this year could have reached the perpetrators.

Although no cases of misuse of leaked information are yet known, the company warned that users may be confronted with the sending of spam, phishing or e-mails from unknown addressees.