Ferrari is the latest prominent company to fall victim to hackers, and says it won’t be paying a ransom to stop them from releasing customer details.

    The supercar specialist (and SUV makers) have today been in touch with customers to confirm a “threat actor was able to access a limited number of systems in our IT environment”.

    It’s not clear if Australian customers are included in the data breach, but the letter about the leak was sent to local Ferrari owners.

    “As part of this incident, certain data relating to our clients was exposed including names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers,” the brand said in today’s message to customers.

    “Your data may have been included as part of this incident. However, based on our investigation, no payment details and/or bank account numbers and/or other sensitive payment information, nor details of Ferrari cars owned or ordered have been stolen.”

    Ferrari says it won’t be paying a ransom to the hackers.

    “As a policy, Ferrari will not be held to ransom as paying such demands continues to fund criminal activity and enables threat actors to perpetuate their attacks. Moreover, it does not fundamentally change the data exposure,” it said in its customer letter.

    “Upon receipt of the ransom demand, we started an investigation in collaboration with a leading global third-party forensics firm and have confirmed the data’s authenticity. In addition, we informed the relevant authorities and are confident they will investigate to the full extent of the law.”

    “We have worked with third-party experts to further reinforce our systems and are confident in their resilience. We can also confirm the breach has had no impact on the operational functions of our company.”

    Ferrari isn’t the only car brand to be hit by hackers lately.

    Late in 2021 hackers stole research and development data from Volvo, while in 2020 a cyber attack shut down Honda production in the USA.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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