No one wants to be a crime victim, obviously. But when it comes to cybercrime, a lot of us — and our businesses — are at a higher risk of being hacked than we realize.
"A determined hacker can hack almost anyone or any company," John Prost, a consultant in cyber crime, warned the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors back in 2018. "These guys are smart. They do their homework."
And as difficult as it is for an individual to recover their data, the complications only multiply when it comes to businesses. A friend of mine who owns a small business has spent more than eight months trying to recover the social media platform she'd developed to market her business, for one small example.
For a much bigger one, consider the plastics supplier to Toyota who was a victim of a cyberattack. The hit on Kojima Industries Corp. forced Toyota Motor Corp. to suspend production at 14 plants in Japan, a shutdown that will impact the production of 13,000 vehicles, PN's Sarah Kominek writes.
Our sister paper Rubber News writes that Bridgestone Americas has also shut down production at sites in North America and Latin America due to a possible cyberattack.