Honda has had to halt production at some of its facilities as a result of a cyberattack.
Honda’s car factories in Ohio and Turkey, and its motorcycle plants in South America and India, have been forced to stop production because of what appears to be the SNAKE ransomware, reports Bloomberg.
This particular variant seems targeted specifically at Honda. According to Bleeping Computer, “a security researcher named Milkream has found a sample of the SNAKE (EKANS) ransomware submitted to VirusTotal today that checks for the internal Honda network name of “mds.honda.com”.
In good news for the company, its Japanese facilities were not impacted. What’s more, it does not appear there was an information breach, nor does any personal information appear to have been accessed.
While the impact to Honda will likely be minimal, this latest attack illustrates the ongoing battle against ransomware. It’s estimated ransomware cost some $7.5 billion in 2019 alone. Needless to say, Honda and countless other companies will continue to be prime targets.