Honda has been forced to halt production at one of its Japanese facilities following a computer network vulnerability caused by the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware virus.
Production at Honda’s Sayama plant, which is responsible for the Accord, Odyssey and Japanese-market Stepwgn people-mover was halted for a day, resulting in a around 1000 cars unable to be built as scheduled.
The shutdown stemmed from older computers in the production line system falling victim to the WannaCry virus, which locks down files and demands a ransom payment to restore the system.
Honda claims no other production facilities have been affected by the virus, however other parts of the automaker’s networks in China, Europe, Japan, and North America may also have been affected despite moves made to protect the systems from attack.
Regular production at Sayama resumed last Tuesday.
Honda isn’t the only car company to have suffered a production loss as a result of the virus, with Renault and Nissan forced to disrupt production at facilities in France, Japan, Britain, India and Romania.
Renault released a statement at the time claiming that its stoppages were made as a preventative measure. No other automakers have yet reported any production difficulties stemming from the WannaCry ransomware.
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