WannaCry Ransomware Blamed for Honda Plant Shutdown

WannaCry Ransomware Blamed for Honda Plant Shutdown

WannaCry first struck organizations on May 12 by abusing the MS17-010 vulnerability that Microsoft had patched in March. It was pretty big news for a while but things eventually subsided, although to say that the malware has been stopped would be a rather irresponsible thing to say, especially considering its latest victim.

Speaking to Silicon, Honda said: "In the evening on Sunday 18th June, Honda discovered that the computer systems in several plants across the world were affected by the ransomware virus Wannacry".

The company said that the virus attacked computers of Honda in Japan, North America, Europe and China, as well as in other regions.

In Japan, 2,000 computers at 600 companies and organisations had been affected by the May virus, according to media reports. The production at other plants was uninterrupted.

The carmaker shut production on Monday at its Sayama plant, northwest of Tokyo, which produces the Accord sedan, Odyssey Minivan and Step Wagon, and which has a daily output of around 1000 vehicles.




WannaCry began its spread last month, infecting hundreds of thousands of computer systems around the world in a matter of just days.

"The malware affected the production of about 1,000 cars", a Honda spokeswoman told AFP, adding that production restarted on Tuesday.

"At this moment, there is no further impact confirmed, but we will continue to monitor the situation", said Honda.

"Last month's global WannaCry attack was-or at least should have been-a wake-up call that security should be proactive, not reactive", Penn stated. This despite the fact that there were as many as three months of opportunities to patch against the primary vulnerability exploited by the attack. "Companies like Honda should be aware of the tools and resources available to them to secure their networks and ensure business continuity". Government agencies, hospitals, as well as networks of Renault and Nissan were affected by the virus.

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