by Sean Szymkowski from https://www.cnet.com/
US plant operations still remain offline in Ohio.
As Honda continues to ramp up production following an extended shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Japanese automaker faced a new setback on Monday.
Bloomberg first reported the automaker was the target of a cyberattack of some sort, which led Honda to halt production at various plants around the world. A Honda spokesperson confirmed the cyberattack with Roadshow and said the attack “has affected production operations at some US plants.” The spokesperson added, “There is no current evidence of loss of personally identifiable information.” Production has restarted at all plants save for its Ohio facilities.
According to the spokesperson, Honda is still working to restart production at its car and engine plants in the state. Honda notably builds the Civic sedan, Accord sedan and CR-V at its Ohio facilities. The Acura NSX is also made in Ohio.
As for what the attack took down, Honda didn’t offer detailed information. TechCrunch reported it was a ransomware attack, meaning it would encrypt Honda’s data and ask for payment before unencrypting it. Bloomberg reported the issue affected a car inspection system. The system checks for defects before cars ship out to dealers and the factories weren’t able to register vehicle information.
Honda hit by cyber attack, some production disrupted
Honda Motor Co suspended some of its auto and motorcycle production globally as the Japanese car giant grappled with a suspected cyber attack, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
TOKYO: Honda Motor Co suspended some of its auto and motorcycle production globally as the Japanese car giant grappled with a suspected cyber attack, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
The suspected attack affected Honda’s production globally on Monday, forcing some plants to stop operations as the company needed to ensure that its quality control systems were not compromised.
Honda suspects the ransomware hit the company’s internal servers, the spokesman said.
Production resumed at most of the plants by Tuesday, but its main plant in Ohio, as well as those in Turkey, India and Brazil remain suspended as the ransomware disputed the company’s production systems, he said.