Toyota Sues Former Programmer for Sabotaging its Computer Network image

A Toyota contract computer programmer fired last week, ‘sabotaged’ the automaker’s supplier computer network.

The company sued Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed, Toyota’s former contract computer programmer, for ‘sabotaging’ and crashing the automaker’s supplier computer network and stealing confidential information.

“If this information were disseminated to competitors or otherwise made public, it would be highly damaging to Toyota and its suppliers, causing immediate and irreparable damage,” declared Toyota.

On August 24th, U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell issued a restraining order, according to which the programmer had to return of Toyota’s property, information and data. The complaint stated that Ibrahimshah Shahulhameed was fired on August 23rd, but the programmer breached the network at midnight, working until 6:30 a.m. August 24th. He accessed highly confidential information about quality testing data, proprietary design information, pricing information and parts-testing data.

“It will take days for Toyota’s IT department to determine the full extent of its damage as a result of Defendant’s efforts to sabotage its system,” the complaint said.

Although Toyota believes that no supplier data or proprietary information has been distributed, they will continue to investigate the incident. Shahulhameed received a temporary restraining order for 14 days, until the investigation is completed.