Car maker Nissan became the latest high profile firm to acknowledge being hacked. The company issued a statement last week saying that it detected a virus infection on its network that resulted int he theft of employee login credentials from a company data store.
The intrusion was detected on April 13. An investigation revealed a virus infection and the transfer of user IDs and hashed passwords, according to the statement.
Nissan is just the latest in a string of high-profile Japanese industrial firms and government agencies that have been the target of attacks in recent months. In addition to high profile attacks on Sony Corp. in September, 2011, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). That attack is also believed to have obtained information from around 80 virus-infected machines. The Japanese Parliament and embassies were attacked in October, 2011.