A white hat hacker reported another cybersecurity vulnerability at Toyota Motor Corp., this time via its customer information operation in Mexico.
Eaton Zveare, a hobbyist white hat hacker in Sarasota, Fla., broke into the C360 customer relationship management web application used by the Japanese automaker to manage its Mexican customers' information. He penetrated the system in October and notified the automaker. Toyota closed the security breach. Zveare reported it publicly this week.
White hat hackers look for cybersecurity vulnerabilities at companies, notify them of the problem and hope to get a reward. The auto industry paid out more than $400,000 in hacking bounties last year, according to HackerOne, a San Francisco company that manages Toyota's "bug bounty" program.