WannaCry cyberattacks are still happening. Just ask Honda

Men are silhouetted against a logo of Honda Motor at the company's showroom in Tokyo

Men are silhouetted against a logo of Honda Motor at the company's showroom in Tokyo Japan

It seemed for a moment that the WannaCry ransomware that wreaked havoc at hospitals across Europe had been neutralized, but apparently it is still causing disruptions.

Honda Motor said it halted production at a domestic vehicle plant for a day this week after finding the WannaCry ransomware that struck globally last month in its computer network.

A Honda factory near Tokyo was shuttered for over 24 hours this week after its computers became infected with WannaCry, the same ransomware virus responsible for crippling systems in 150 countries last month, the vehicle manufacturer said Wednesday.

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Work at other plants was unaffected but Honda said it is checking its overseas operations for problems.

Amidst global ransomware cyberattack, this time WannaCry has hit one of Japan's leading auto manufacturing company in the world, Honda. This revelation comes after failed attempts to secure the auto giants systems following WannaCry's destructive rampage in mid-May this year.

Hackers locked files and demanded payment to secure data.

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The temporary closing of Honda's plant is just the latest effect of the ransomware attack, and is evidence residual attacks are still happening despite the largest portion of the attack being over.

The WannaCry epidemic that affected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries has been one of the most high-profile cyber attacks in recent memory, primarily to due to the scale and speed at which it spread.

Honda isn't the only automaker to have been hit by the ransomware.

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The Renault-Nissan alliance had similar problems at five of their jointly operated plants in the immediate aftermath of the original WannaCrypt outbreak last month. The MalwareTech sinkhole was detecting about 2,000 active WannaCry infections on June 21. To date, however, whoever created WannaCry - British and US intelligence services have been pointing the finger at North Korea - does not appear to have tried to launch an updated version.

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