Honda resumes production at plants hit by suspected cyber attack

The suspected attack was the second on Honda's global network after the WannaCry virus forced it to halt production for a day at a domestic plant in 2017.
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| Updated on: 12 Jun 2020, 01:12 PM
Honda Motor had temporarily halted shipments from some of its factories in Japan due to a suspected cyberattack that disrupted its internal network. (Bloomberg)
Honda Motor had temporarily halted shipments from some of its factories in Japan due to a suspected cyberattack that disrupted its internal network. (Bloomberg)

Japan's Honda Motor Co has resumed production at automobile and motorcycle plants in the United States and other countries after they were hit by a suspected cyber attack this week, a spokesman said on Friday.

The suspected attack comes less than a month after Honda reopened its North American vehicle assembly plants, following closure of factories in late March to comply with coronavirus-related, shelter-at-home rules in the United States and Canada.

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The spokesman said the Japanese automaker had resumed vehicle output by Thursday at its main plant in the US state of Ohio, which produces models such as the CR-V SUV crossover and the Accord sedan.

(Also read: How cyberattack has forced several Honda plants to halt output)

"It appears that our customers' personal information has not been affected," the spokesman said by telephone, but declined to comment on any production impact.

Another vehicle plant in Turkey and motorcycle plants in India and Brazil were back up and running by Wednesday, he said, while some North American call centres and online financial services continued to experience disruptions.

(Also read: Honda to continue with diesel vehicles in BS 6 era)

The suspected attack was the second on Honda's global network after the WannaCry virus forced it to halt production for a day at a domestic plant in 2017.

First Published Date: 12 Jun 2020, 01:12 PM IST
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