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Honda global operations fall prey to cyber-attack

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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's 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 was spreading throughout the Honda network.

Honda Production Systems Affected Globally

Notably, the attack on Honda's 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.

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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.

Honda Hit by Cyberattack

Honda Hit by Cyberattack: Frequently Asked Questions

The recent cyberattack on Honda has raised concerns about cybersecurity and its impact on major corporations. Here are some FAQs to address what happened and clear up some misconceptions:

Has Honda been hacked?

Yes, Honda confirmed that they were the victim of a cyberattack in June 2020. This attack affected their computer and email servers, disrupting internal systems and impacting production across various countries.

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Why are modern power systems prone to cyber threats?

This question is more relevant to cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, like power grids. Honda, in this case, is a manufacturer of vehicles and other equipment. However, modern systems in any industry, including manufacturing, are increasingly reliant on computer networks and control systems, making them vulnerable to cyberattacks.

What is the first step in the cyber attack cycle?

The first step in the cyber attack cycle can vary, but it often involves reconnaissance. In this stage, attackers gather information about their target, such as vulnerabilities in their systems or network configurations.

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Let's focus on the Honda incident. What is the suspected cause of the attack?

Cybersecurity professionals suspect the attack involved ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a victim's data, making it inaccessible. Attackers then demand a ransom payment in exchange for a decryption key.

What about the impact on Honda production?

The attack did disrupt production systems globally. Honda took steps to minimize the effects, but production in factories located in the UK, Italy, North America, and Turkey was reportedly put on hold.

Note: This was initially published in June 2020 but has been updated for freshness and accuracy.


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John Raymond is a cybersecurity content writer, with over 5 years of experience in the technology industry. He is passionate about staying up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the field of cybersecurity, and is an avid researcher and writer. He has written numerous articles on topics of cybersecurity, privacy, and digital security, and is committed to providing valuable and helpful information to the public.

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