Toyota is suspending output at all of its domestic factories on Tuesday after a supplier’s operations were taken down because of…

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Japanese factories suspended output on Tuesday after a key parts supplier shut down its computer systems due to a cyberattack, the latest blow to the carmaker’s efforts to make up for lost production earlier this year.

The world’s top auto producer is halting operations at all 14 plants in its home country, impacting about 5% of output for the month. The stoppage is linked to Kojima Press Industry Co., which confirmed Tuesday its server was subject to a suspected ransomware attack over the weekend. Toyota shares rose less than 1% in Tuesday morning trading.

The manufacturer of metal, plastic, and electronic components shut down its server Sunday after discovering it was infected with a virus and receiving threatening messages, the supplier said in a statement. The closely held parts maker is in contact with relevant police and government authorities and is trying to restore its system from March 2, a spokesperson for the company said late Monday.

USPS rejects Biden’s plea to buy more electric mail trucks

‘The process needs to keep moving forward’

The United States Postal Service authorized the replacement of its mail truck fleet with nearly all gasoline-powered vehicles, rejecting a plea from President Joe Biden to include more electric vehicles in its purchase.

The move, which was announced Wednesday, signals the independent agency’s decision to move forward with a controversial plan to purchase 165,000 next-generation mail trucks, only 10 percent of which will be battery-electric vehicles (BEV). The USPS determined there was no legal reason to delay its plans.

In a statement, Postmaster Louis DeJoy said the agency would consider adding more EVs to its fleet sometime in the future. “[W]e will continue to pursue the acquisition of additional BEV as additional funding — from either internal or congressional sources — becomes available,” DeJoy said. “But the process needs to keep moving forward.”

Following a years-long bidding process, the USPS unveiled its next-generation mail truck in February 2021. The vehicles will be manufactured by defense contractor Oshkosh for $500 million by 2023. They will replace the current mail trucks that have been in service for more than two decades, which were built by defense contractor Grumman.

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US reportedly orders WhatsApp to tracks group of Chinese users

Forbes reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration order involves seven users in China and Macau, authorised by a law that allows such tracing without a full explanation.

Case may be connected to an investigation into efforts by Chinese individuals and entities to ship opioids to the US, Forbes says.

The US has been secretly tracking a group of Chinese users of the popular messaging service WhatsApp since November, possibly in an effort to halt illegal opioid sales, Forbes has reported.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ordered WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, to track seven users based in China and Macau, a move authorised by the Pen Register Act, which allows such tracing without an explanation of the reasons for the monitoring, according to the report, which was posted online on Monday.
Citing a recently unsealed surveillance application filed in an Ohio court, Forbes said that DEA agents – without knowing the identities of any of those targeted – ordered WhatsApp to track the IP addresses and numbers with which the targets were communicating, as well as when and how they were using the app.

Log4j: Google and IBM call for list of critical open source projects

After attending a meeting at the White House, Google also proposed creating an organization to serve as a marketplace for open source maintenance.

Google and IBM are urging tech organizations to join forces to identify critical open source projects after attending a White House meeting on open source security concerns.

The meeting, led by White House cybersecurity leader Anne Neuberger, included officials from organizations like Apache, Google, Apple, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Meta, Linux, and Oracle as well as government agencies like the Department of Defense and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The meeting took place as organizations continue to address the Log4j vulnerability that has caused concern since it was discovered in December.