Honda, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, announced Wednesday that it was forced to shut down production at one of its Japanese plants after it was hit by
The WannaCry ransomware.
The infamous WannaCry virus has affected Honda’s worldwide computer network. In fact, the company had to shut down its Sayama plant in Japan for a day.
The Sayama plan rolls out the Accord sedan, Odyssey Minivan and Step Wagon compact multipurpose vehicle. The current production rollout is 1000 vehicles in a day.
Now due to the shutdown, the Japanese manufacturer will see 1000 vehicles less in its production output. This virus had affected Honda’s global computer networks, but luckily, no other manufacturing facilities were affected.
Last month, Renault and Nissan were victims of the WannaCry ransomware.. In fact, the companies had to shut down their production in Japan, France, India, Romania, and Britain for a few days. WannaCry targets specific computers encrypts its data and then demands ransom payments in Bitcoins to decrypt the data.
According to Honda’s website,
The Rose is responsible for every step of the car production process; models like the Odyssey minivan and the Contract sedan are assembled on premises. The Sayama grow is 1 of 30 Ford operates worldwide, including four in the U. H.
A spokeswoman told Reuters – which broke the news on Wednesday – that the move was done following the company learned the ransomware had made its way through the company’s networks in The Japanese, North America, Europe, Tiongkok, and other regions.
Typically the spokeswoman said the company made efforts to secure its systems in mid-May, when the scope of the WannaCry ransomware., and NSA EternalBlue exploit it was a little while until advantage of, became known. Seems like those efforts were not enough to prevent this weekend’s attack.
It didn’t take really miss Honda to solve the disruption. The car manufacturer told Reuters that production at other vegetation operated by the automaker wasn’t afflicted which procedures at the Sayama plant went back to normal on Tuesday.
With the news, Honda joins carmakers Renault SA, based in France, and Nissan, based in Japan but owned or operated by Renault, that have experienced factories infected by WannaCry.
It’s unclear how exactly Honda mitigated WannaCry at Japan plant, or on its other networks. Numerous companies hit by WannaCry over the last calendar month have either had a backup strategy in place, or presented patches for afflicted software gradually. Some have even paid the ransom.
The organization did not immediately return an ask for for comment on Thursday.
When reached Wednesday a spokesman for Honda confirmed the shutdown and said the business was working on reinforcing its “virus security regimen” consequently of the attack
On June 19, 2017, Honda’s Sayama Auto Plant experienced a short interruption in normal. production caused by the shutdown of several older production line computers infected with the “Wannacry” virus. A total of approximately 1,000 units were not produced as planned as a result of this interruption. Production has resumed and Honda has taken steps to reinforce its virus protection regimen to avoid any similar occurrences in the future.
The news comes a few days after a company based in South Korea made headlines by announcing it had paid a whopping $1 million to recover data encrypted by ransomware. While it wasn’t WannaCry, Nayana, a South Korean web hosting company, announced in a blog post last week it had paid attackers after it was impacted by the Erebus ransomware.
The most recent iteration of the Erebus ransomware surfaced in February and used a UAC bypass. While that ransomware had a fairly low ransom payment, $90. it appears the version that hit Nayana was designed to target Linux web servers and asked much more from the company.
Nayana said it was originally asked to pay 5 billion Won – South Korea’s official currency – roughly $4.3 million USD to get its data back. 153 of its Linux servers and 3,400 customer websites were encrypted by the ransomware. The company was able to negotiate with hackers and get the payment bumped down to 397 bitcoin, or $1 million.
This article was updated at 2:55 p.m. EST to include a statement from Honda.