Honda Rebounds from Cyber Attack
Honda says most of its facilities are back online after being hit by a network cyber attack on June 7 that disrupted operations in multiple countries.
The company hasn’t offered specifics, and it has not clarified what type of attack occurred beyond saying there was a “loss of connectivity.” Honda says the incursion did idle “some” U.S. plants, most of which had recovered by today.
Honda reopened its U.S. plants on May 11 after idling them in mid-March because of the spreading coronavirus pandemic.
The attack also affected Honda operations in Japan and Europe, according to media reports. Some theorize that the carmaker was hit again by a ransomware attack, in which computers are rendered inoperable until the victim pays a fee.
That’s what happened in 2017, when a WannaCry cyber attack briefly shut down Honda’s factory in Sayama, Japan. Similar attacks, believed to have originated in North Korea, also disrupted at least six Nissan and Renault facilities in Europe and India.
Be on Alert!
Attempts to hack into company data networks have climbed since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to security experts. Cloud computing security firm McAfee, for one, says attempts jumped more than sixfold in the first four months of 2020.
The attacks often target employees who are working from home and need to access their companies’ network servers. If you are one of them, it’s not too late to take care.
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