WannaCry Ransomware Targets Japan Honda Plant, Australia Traffic Cams

WannaCry is back with a vengeance.

The virus, an insidious ransomware that holds hostage the data of its victims, has again reared its ugly head to infect more computer systems, including the network at a Japanese Honda factory and a traffic camera system in Australia.

The ransomware has impacted victims across the globe with Europe and Asia being the hardest hit last month.

WannaCry necessitated the shutdown of Honda’s plant in Sayama, northwest of Tokyo earlier this week, Reuters is reporting. Honda’s computer systems were impacted worldwide, despite actions taken to protect them when WannaCry’s first surfaced in May, a spokesperson told Reuters.

The Sayama plant, which shutdown Monday, was back to work the following day and production at the other Honda plants was not affected, the spokesperson added.

The ransomware also hit the computers controlling traffic cameras used to spot traffic violations in the Australian state of Victoria, The Guardian is reporting. It is thought the infection, just discovered this week, may actually have happened in early June.  Contractors made the error of using hardware infected with WannaCry for the traffic camera system, Victoria’s department of justice told the Guardian. Software patches are expected to fix the network within a few days.

WannaCry works by secretly searching computers for personal files to encrypt. Once the files are encrypted, a ransom demand is made. Victims are asked to pay hundreds of collars in Bitcoin for the release of their files.


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