Hackers break into Toyota server
Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday its Japanese-language corporate website had been hacked earlier this month.

The world's biggest auto maker said the security breach didn't compromise customer information because such data isn't stored on the site. But it urges those who visited the site from June 5 to June 14 to install anti-virus software.

Toyota said unauthorized parties accessed one of its servers and tinkered with it so visitors to the Japanese home page were redirected to a different website that automatically installed a program onto their computer.

Toyota said it was the first time its website had ever been hacked.

Jan 29
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Jan 29
Japan's Emperor and Empress have invited former leprosy patients from both Japan and abroad to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. (NHK)
Jan 29
Japan's leading independent budget airline Skymark Airlines Inc filed for protection from creditors late on Wednesday, blaming a weak yen and a dispute with Airbus Group for its financial straits. (Reuters)
Jan 28
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Jan 28
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Jan 29
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Jan 28
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Jan 28
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Jan 27
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Jan 27
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Jan 27
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Jan 26
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Jan 26
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Jan 26
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Jan 26
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