Honda has suffered a WannaCry cyberattack which led to the interruption of one of their domestic vehicle plants in Japan for a whole day. The Japanese automobile company said that it had shut its plant in Sayama, near Tokyo, on Monday after it found out its computer system was compromised by the WannaCry ransomware.
WannaCry Attack at Honda Halts the Production of 1,000 Cars
According to a Honda spokeswoman, the ransomware affected the production of approximately 1,000 cars. “There is a possibility that our overseas facilities were also infected… We´re now investigating that,” the Honda spokeswoman added.
The WannaCry (.WNCRY, Wana Decrypt0r 2.0) ransomware outbreak is definitely among the most devastating cybersecurity events of the last couple of years. The ransomware took down the systems of Telefonica in Spain, as well as multiple hospitals in the UK. It also affected the National Health Services machines in England and Scotland, and many government agencies. Victims of WannaCry are found in more than 150 countries, the latest one being Honda.
Renault, Nissan Also Hit by WannaCry Ransomware
In May when the outbreak started Renault was also hit, and was forced to halt production at factories in France, Slovenia and Romania. Another automobile giant was also affected – Nissan’s British unit in Sunderland. As for Japan alone – 2,000 computers at 600 companies were hit this May, the statistics reveal.
Japanese conglomerate Hitachi was attacked as well, with its systems becoming unstable and its email systems crippled by WannaCry.
The WannaCry ransomware has several iterations, the first one of which used the .wcry file extension appended to the victim’s encrypted files. The second version of the ransomware came out in a massive campaign on the 12th of May and was more devastating than the first one, infecting more victims and organizations all around the globe. Users are strongly advised to patch their systems and to be extra cautious when dealing with files attached in emails sent by unknown entities.