Following an extended shutdown of its plants due to the coronavirus pandemic, Honda restarted its operations, eager to ramp up the production of its products. However, the company can’t seem to catch a break just yet as it faced another setback.
According to a report published by Bloomberg, Honda was the target of a recent cyberattack, which forced the company to halt production at several plants around the world.
A spokesperson for the company confirmed the attack, saying it “has affected production operations at some U.S. plants.” The representative also added: “There is no current evidence of loss of personally identifiable information.”
The company has since resumed production in most of the affected plants except for its facilities in Ohio, particularly the car and engine plants. These plants are in charge of production for the Civic sedan, Accord sedan, CR-V, as well as the Acura NSX.
Asked what the attack took down in particular, the automaker refused to divulge information. But according to a report by TechCrunch, it was a ransomware attack. This refers to the act of encrypting the victim’s data and demanding them to pay a ransom before decryption.
Bloomberg’s report said the problem affected Honda‘s car inspection system, which is responsible for checking products for defects before shipping them out to dealers and factories.