Japanese car manufacturer Honda hit by cyber attack

Japanese car manufacturer Honda hit by cyber attack

LONDON (AP) – Japanese car maker Honda said on Tuesday that it has been hit by a cyber attack that has disrupted its operations in several countries, although it expects its overall impact to be limited.

The company said in a statement that “a cyber attack has taken place on the Honda network.” It said there was no data breach, but it works to “minimize impact and restore full functionality of production, sales and development”. activities. ”

“We are currently seeing minimal impact on business,” said the company.

Production in Japan has returned to normal after a disrupted Monday morning and Tuesday is expected to resume in North America as well.

Production at Honda’s British plant in Swindon has been suspended during the COVID-19 lockdown and the attack is not expected to materially change plans to resume operations this week.

Honda Motor Co. makes its popular Civic model at the factory, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of London, with an output of 150,000 cars per year. The factory will close definitively next year with the loss of 3,500 jobs through a restructuring aimed at adapting its operations to the stronger demand in Asia and North America.

Like other automakers, Honda has struggled to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and attempts to return to production. It reported deep losses for the fiscal quarter ended March, as the outbreak damage to industry adversely affected sales and shrunk production.

The attack is also because car manufacturers are under pressure to invest large amounts of money in new technologies such as electric and autonomous cars to meet air pollution limits in Europe and China and fend off competition from technology companies.

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