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Honda suffers major global cyber attack

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Japanese automaker Honda has been hit by a devastating cyber attack that is impacting its operations across the world, including production.

The attack is affecting the company’s ability to access its own computer servers and has impacted its internal email systems, too.

In a statement, the firm said: “Honda can confirm that a cyber attack has taken place on the Honda network. We can also confirm that there is no information breach at this point in time.

Work is being undertaken to minimise the impact and to restore full functionality of production, sales and development activities. At this point, we see minimal business impact.”

The attack was targeted towards one of its internal servers by external attackers, with a virus being spread through its network from there.

Some cyber-security experts have speculated that the attack is using ransomware to try and leverage payments from Honda.

Morgan Wright, chief security advisor at security firm Sentinel One, said the virus “looks like a case of Ekans ransomware.”

“Ekans, or Snake ransomware,” Wright continued, “is designed to attack industrial control systems networks. The fact that Honda has put production on hold and sent factory workers home points to disruption of their manufacturing systems.”

Honda currently employs nearly 220,000 people worldwide, including staff at a factory in the UK.

Production at Honda’s UK factory in Swindon has been suspended in recent weeks during the coronavirus lockdown but is due to resume this week.

The plant will permanently close in July next year with the loss of 3,500 jobs.

The UK’s car manufacturing sector as a whole has been suffering greatly since the pandemic started. It is expected to make around 200,000 fewer units this year due to the impact of factory shutdowns from coronavirus. 

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