Honda global operations just confirmed that their network has been a victim of a cyber attack. This was first confirmed via a tweet by the Honda Automobile Customer Service on June 8, 2020.
The tweet reads” At this time Honda Customer Service and Honda Financial Services are experiencing technical difficulties and are unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.”
In addition to this, a statement was released. This statement confirmed that the recent cyberattack on Honda global operations had a major effect on computer and email servers so it is difficult to access internal systems.
Although the statement didn’t really dive into details, it confirmed that the attack was from an external source and is spreading throughout the Honda network.
Notably, the attack on Honda global operations affected production systems, not just in Japan but in other operating countries as well. Honda is renowned for producing cars, motorcycles, lawnmowers, generators, and more. With production systems affected, the output is bound to be slow.
So far, there have been activities aimed at minimizing these effects in other for production to return to normal.
According to cyber-security professionals, the cause of the cyberattack has been linked to ransomware with the idea that the hackers locked out some of Honda’s IT systems with data encryption techniques.
Morgan Wright, Sentinel One’s security advisor implied that the attacks resemble one in which the Ekans ransomware was used. This is a type of ransomware that is used to target industrial control system networks and as such has disrupted Honda’s manufacturing systems.
However, Honda confirms that there have been no data stolen and the effect has been quite minimal business-wise.
In the buzz of these events, it was revealed that production in the UK factory in Swindon has been put on hold including that in other regions like Italy, North America, and Turkey.
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