Honda cyberattack halts plants in India, Brazil

TOKYO (AFP) – Honda plants in Brazil and India have halted operations as the Japanese carmaker battles to recover from a cyberattack that affected several factories worldwide.

The cyberattack at the beginning of the week targetted Honda’s internal servers and spread a virus through the company’s systems, a spokeswoman told AFP yesterday.

Motorcycle plants in India and Brazil were still out of action following the attack, while a four-wheel vehicle plant in Turkey resumed operations yesterday, the spokeswoman said.

The firm was “still investigating details”, she said.

In total, the cyberattack affected 11 Honda plants – including five in the United States (US), according to local media reports.

All US plants have resumed operations, the spokeswoman said, declining to elaborate further.

She said the suspension would have only a limited impact on Honda’s business globally.

Global automakers including Honda have already been hit hard by a slump in sales because of the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, Honda reported a 25.3-per cent fall in net profit from the previous year as sales dropped six percent to JPY14.9 trillion (USD138 billion) in the fiscal year ending in March.

A long row of unsold cars at a Honda dealership in Highlands Ranch, USA. PHOTO: AP