Honda Hacked – Ekans Ransomware!


Honda, the Japanese car manufacturer reported hackers are breaking into their networks. The cyber-attacks in its base have interrupted some of its operations as well as outside Japan. Honda production plants in Ohio and Turkey went offline Tuesday, June 9 after a cyber-attack compromised several facilities of the Japanese automaker. While experts on cybersecurity claim a ransomware-attack is most likely to blame, it's uncertain whether the attack targeted information technology systems or the industrial control systems themselves.

It was also confirmed by Honda itself. “Honda can confirm that a cyber-attack has taken place on the Honda network, We can also confirm that there is no information breach at this point in time”, says the Spokesperson from Honda.

Some cybersecurity experts have said that the Ekans ransomware (shown in figure 1) has compromised the servers. Ekans Ransomware is designed to infect networks of industrial control systems. The organization even sent its employees home early, which means the workflow was arrested for sure.

The company said it started having difficulties in accessing their servers, emails, and even internal systems. Also, servers outside Japan could not access it. The company said a virus is spreading externally through their internal structures.


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It is not known how the criminals infiltrated Honda's computer system, but evidence indicates that ransomware attacks are on the rise with cyber-criminals using Covid-19 related baits to trick people into downloading infected documents and files. The company said its cybersecurity unit is looking at what happened and has declined to reveal any additional details for security reasons.


How to prevent ourselves and the company from a ransomware attack as such? Below will be a few important steps to be taken seriously:

  • Never click on unverified links
  • Do not open untrusted email attachments
  • Only download from sites you trust
  • Avoid giving out personal data
  • Use mail server content scanning and filtering
  • Never use unfamiliar USBs
  • Keep your software and operating system updated
  • Use security software
  • Keep security software updated
  • Backup your data



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