Honda shuts fac­tory fol­low­ing Wan­naCry ran­somware out­break

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JAPANESE CAR MAN­U­FAC­TURER Honda is one of the lat­est vic­tims of the Wan­naCry ran­somware. The firm was re­cently forced to cease pro­duc­tion at a car plant that would oth­er­wise have been pro­duc­ing 1,000 cars a day, if it had not dis­cov­ered the in­fec­tion and shut things down.

Honda re­opened the fa­cil­ity, the Sayama plant, north­west of Tokyo, the next day. The car maker ad­mit­ted that it had picked up traces of in­fec­tion at other lo­ca­tions, but no other pro­duc­tion prob­lems.

Honda can take some con­so­la­tion from the fact that at least one se­cu­rity com­pany thinks that it re­sponded cor­rectly to the in­fec­tion.

“It comes as no sur­prise that more and more large or­gan­i­sa­tions have been af­fected by Wan­naCry,” said Leigh-Anne Gal­loway of se­cu­rity firm Pos­i­tive Tech­nolo­gies.

“Mi­crosoft re­leased patches in March to fix the vul­ner­a­bil­ity that has al­lowed Wan­naCry to spread, but many or­gan­i­sa­tions have been par­tic­u­larly slow to im­ple­ment them. “Honda has taken the right pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures ceas­ing pro­duc­tion. Safety of em­ploy­ees should be of up­most con­cern. How­ever, this in­ci­dent could have been pre­vented with ba­sic se­cu­rity hy­giene, a patch man­age­ment pro­gram and au­to­matic up­dates to sys­tems,” she said.

Honda is not the big­gest vic­tim of the Wan­naCry scourge. That was the NHS, which was brought to its knees when the virus spread across its sys­tems in May.

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