The attack comes just after Japan joined Western allies in clamping down on Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine.
In handing Greg Kelly a six-month suspended sentence and fining Nissan, a Tokyo court seemed intent on issuing a proxy judgment for Carlos Ghosn in absentia.
A group called Pandora threatened to release purchase orders, emails and sketches on the dark web.
Kenji Shimotsu just handed down a harsh jail term to a 90-year-old defendant in another case.
The wait begins in the case -- a proxy for ousted boss Carlos Ghosn -- that could see the former HR executive sentenced to two years in a Japanese prison.
Attacks on automakers, suppliers and dealerships highlight risk of ripple effects.
Carlos Ghosn warns that old-guard companies such as Nissan must speed up their EV plans to stay competitive with newcomers.