Honda shuts factory following WannaCry ransomware outbreak
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.