From the 'What Next?' Files: Honda Production Idled by Cyber Attack

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Production of certain Honda vehicles ran into another roadblock on Monday, as the automaker claims it was the victim of a cyber attack.

Reuters reports that production ceased at many of Honda’s manufacturing facilities in the wake of the suspected attack out of fear that quality control processes may have been compromised.

After dealing with supply chain issues since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, not to mention the resulting production shutdown in North America and depressed sales across the globe, a cyber breach is the last thing the automaker needs.

A company spokesperson told Reuters that the ransomware targeted the company’s internal servers.

From Reuters:

Production resumed at most of the plants by Tuesday, but its main plant in Ohio, as well as those in Turkey, India and Brazil remain suspended as the ransomware disputed the company’s production systems, he said.

Honda Manufacturing of Ohio builds the Honda Accord and CR-V, as well as the Acura ILX and TLX sedans and RDX and MDX crossovers. The NSX rolls out of Marysville, too, but production of that vehicle can handle sudden downtime without inconveniencing many customers. In total, Honda boasts five U.S. auto assembly plants, in addition to numerous components plants and facilities for everything from lawnmowers to aircraft.

BBC reports that Honda confirmed the attack, adding that the “virus had spread” throughout its network.

“Work is being undertaken to minimize the impact and to restore full functionality of production, sales and development activities,” the automaker stated.

Who exactly staged the attack remains anyone’s guess, and likely will for all time.

[Image: Honda]

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  • Dave M. Dave M. on Jun 09, 2020

    I always liked the simplistic lines on the Fairmont/Zephyr. I think it's the closest a domestic has ever gotten to a Volvo 240 knock-off....this and maybe the Aries/Reliant on a 4/5ths scale. I'd love to see someone come out with a square brick/big window design these days....with all the modern conveniences and safety features. I think they could print money for all the folks who aren't into all the swoopy & big grille fashion.....

  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Jun 09, 2020

    So of their own Accord, probably against company policy, someone opened a virus-encrusted phishing message, and Honda has to go through an Odyssey of cleaning this up! Obviously a danger which is an Element of concern to every IT department today, enough to really give them Fits!

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    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jun 09, 2020

      Fortunately it is Honda, so any Transmission of this virus will have a limited lifespan. Signed, Still ButtHurt Regarding the Odyssey :-(

  • Jim Bonham Thanks.
  • Luke42 I just bought a 3-row Tesla Model Y.If Toyota made a similar vehicle, I would have bought that instead. I'm former Prius owner, and would have bought a Prius-like EV if it were available.Toyota hasn't tried to compete with the Model Y. GM made the Bolt EUV, and Ford made the Mach-E. Tesla beat them all fair and square, but Toyota didn't even try.[Shrug]
  • RHD Toyota is trying to hedge their bets, and have something for everyone. They also may be farther behind in developing electric vehicles than they care to admit. Japanese corporations sometimes come up with cutting-edge products, such as the Sony Walkman. Large corporations (and not just Japanese corporations) tend to be like GM, though - too many voices just don't get heard, to the long-term detriment of the entity.
  • Randy in rocklin The Japanese can be so smart and yet so dumb. I'm America-Japanese and they really can be dumb sometimes like their masking paranoia.
  • Bunkie The Flying Flea has a fascinating story and served, inadvertently, to broaden the understanding of aircraft design. The crash described in the article is only part of the tale.