Toshiba admits to US customer data leak

Toshiba has coughed to an intrusion of its US network that has resulted in personal details of thousands of its customers being accessed by persons unknown.

The attack, which has so far not been claimed by any of the usual crowd, targeted a server used by Toshiba America Information Systems. After penetrating the server's defences, the attackers were able to access details of 7,520 TAIS customers.

While Toshiba is keeping quiet on exactly what personal information was included in the server's database, it claims that no financial information, credit card details, or social security numbers were included. While some e-mail addresses were leaked, this affects only 681 of the overall number of customer records.

"On discovering the intrusion TAIS immediately took the server offline and initiated a comprehensive investigation," the company claims in a statement regarding the attack, adding, "Toshiba and its Group companies regard data security as a priority concern and will continue a thorough investigation of the incident. Toshiba will take all necessary precautions to avoid any recurrence of similar incidents and to ensure customer information remain secure."

Thus far, it is not believed that any other Toshiba companies have been attacked.