WannaCry ransomware causes Honda plant to shut down in Tokyo

The exploit infected over 200,000 computers in 150 countries, crippling everything from hospitals to logistics firms.


The WannaCry ransomware attack had caused a Honda plant to shut its domestic vehicle production at its Sayama plant in the northwest Tokyo on Wednesday.

According to a spokesperson talking to Reuters, Honda had found that the Sayama plant was hit by the malware at various units Japan, North America, China and Europe. They had tried to manage the crisis situation in mid-May, however, it seems to have returned. The Sayama plant, which makes around thousand vehicles produces models like Accord sedan, Odyssey minivan, and Step Wagon.

WannaCry is officially known as WanaCryptor, that’s what the malware’s developer calls it anyway. WCry is a kind of malware known as ransomware. Ransomware works by encrypting all the data on your computer and then demanding a ransom, usually in the form of iTunes cards or bitcoin, to decrypt your data for you.

According to a report, The WannaCry attack has had a colossal impact on organizations around the world. The exploit infected over 200,000 computers in 150 countries, crippling everything from hospitals to logistics firms. While it will take months for forensic investigators to sift through the fallout, in the short term the attack has provided a timely wake-up call to businesses in every industry about the importance of security.

 


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