WannaCry Continues to Spread, Results in Halted Production for Honda

Media Division | June 23, 2017

Yesterday, we had written about a recent WannaCry attack upon speed and red light cameras in Victoria, Australia. We had also discussed how WannaCry has continued to surface at many different organizations in the wake of the global attack last month, and it does not seem to be stopping. There was also another recent incident of WannaCry, with this one affecting several networks of the vehicle manufacturer Honda.

Consequences of the Infection

On Wednesday, Honda had announced that they had to cease production at one of their plants in Japan due to having been hit by the ransomware. The plant was located in Sayama, and Honda had shut it down on Monday. They had made this decision after discovering that the malware had infected some of their networks on other continents as well, including Europe, China, and North America. Honda had said in a statement, “On June 19, 2017, Honda’s Sayama Auto Plant experienced a short interruption in normal production caused by the shutdown of several older production line computers infected with the “Wannacry” virus. A total of approximately 1,000 units were not produced as planned as a result of this interruption. Production has resumed and Honda has taken steps to reinforce its virus protection regimen to avoid any similar occurrences in the future.” After the multitude of attacks last month, Honda had worked to secure their systems, but their efforts were apparently not sufficient in avoiding this new attack.

Honda is not the only car manufacturer that has now been struck by WannaCry. Renault and Nissan had both been infected by the ransomware in its attacks last month, and this resulted in several plants being shut down within various countries. The widespread extent of WannaCry proves the point of many organizations needing to upgrade their systems. As mentioned in our other post, WannaCry affects older versions of Windows operating systems, so those that have upgraded are likely quite protected. But, with the amount of organizations that have been affected by the malware across the globe, it goes to show that many are still working with outdated operating systems. Upgrading software and operating systems are vital for cyber security, as it allows for heightened protection. Current operating systems are maintained through released patches, whereas with outdated OS’s and software, patch services will typically be discontinued at some point.

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