Cyberattack on Honda disrupts some overseas operations

Kyodo News

Posted at Jun 09 2020 09:39 PM

Honda Motor Co. has been hit by a cyberattack after its internal network server was infected with a computer virus, leading to the disruption of some of its factory operations overseas, company officials said Tuesday.

There was no evidence that information had been leaked in the incident.

While the network disruption from Monday caused a temporary suspension of all of Honda's production bases in North America and a halt in motorbike factory operations in India, it did not affect domestic output and sales, according to the officials. Production in China was also unaffected.

Honda is trying to restore the affected parts of the network and normalize operations, but it remains unclear when the situation will be fully resolved.

Honda recommended that employees at its Tokyo headquarters and some other offices take a paid holiday on Tuesday as it was restricting the use of work computers. Its employees will resume working as usual from Wednesday.

Honda confirmed the network disruption at around 9 a.m. Monday and suspended delivery of vehicles as the problem impaired the inspection of cars prior to shipment, according to the officials.

Later in the day, the inspection system recovered and Honda resumed shipments from its factories in Japan.

In 2017, Honda Motor had to temporarily suspend production at a Japanese factory after it was hit by ransomware cyberattacks.