Honda Hacked

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Honda’s Global Operations Haulted

Automobile giant Honda confirmed today that they’ve been the victim of a cyberattack.

The company released a statement Tuesday on the affected production issues outside of their Japan headquarters. “Work is being undertaken to minimize the impact and to restore full functionality of production, sales, and development activities,” according to the BBC.

Few details are available about the attack. It’s been speculated by security experts, due to the nature of the attack, that the ransomware strain Snake is likely the culprit. Snake works similarly as other ransomware, scrambling and encrypting files and holding them for ransom. Honda expects affected factories and plants will be brought back online as early as today.

Many of the newest strains of ransomware not only encrypt files and hold them hostage, but also extract data. That data is used as extra leverage in an attack to prevent companies from restoring their systems from backups. If the company refuses to pay, the data is then leaked online.

Honda denies any evidence that data was extracted from their systems.

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