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Honda hit with cyberattack, US production paused at some plants

US plant operations still remain offline in Ohio.

Honda Accord production in Marysville, OH
The Honda Accord calls Ohio home.

As Honda continues to ramp up production following an extended shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Japanese automaker faced a new setback on Monday.

Bloomberg first reported the automaker was the target of a cyberattack of some sort, which led Honda to halt production at various plants around the world. A Honda spokesperson confirmed the cyberattack with Roadshow and said the attack "has affected production operations at some US plants." The spokesperson added, "There is no current evidence of loss of personally identifiable information." Production has restarted at all plants save for its Ohio facilities.

According to the spokesperson, Honda is still working to restart production at its car and engine plants in the state. Honda notably builds the Civic sedan, Accord sedan and CR-V at its Ohio facilities. The Acura NSX is also made in Ohio.

As for what the attack took down, Honda didn't offer detailed information. TechCrunch reported it was a ransomware attack, meaning it would encrypt Honda's data and ask for payment before unencrypting it. Bloomberg reported the issue affected a car inspection system. The system checks for defects before cars ship out to dealers and the factories weren't able to register vehicle information.

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