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