Global cyber attack brings production at Nissan-Renault plant in Chennai to a halt

Nissan's manufacturing plant in Sunderland, England, was also affected by the cyber attack. The ransomware virus locks down files until money is paid.

By: | Published: May 15, 2017 11:31 AM
Nissan, manufacturing plant, Sunderland, northeast England, cyber attack, Japanese carmaker Nissan's manufacturing plant in Sunderland, northeast England, has been affected by a cyber attack that has hit nearly 100 countries, a spokesman said. (Reuters)

A cyber attack hit nearly 100 countries around the world on Friday. A Nissan-Renault alliance plant on the outskirts of Chennai had to seize production following detection of a cyber attack called ransomware. Nissan's manufacturing plant in Sunderland, England, was also affected by the cyber attack. The ransomware virus locks down files until money is paid.

"Like many organisations around the world, some Nissan entities were recently targeted by a ransomware attack. Our teams are responding accordingly and there has been no major impact on our business," a Sunderland spokeman for the Japanese brand said in a statement. Situation at the plant is being monitored, he added.

On Friday, cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files. The Nissan UK spokesman did not confirm whether production had been affected. The plant's standard working week is Monday to Friday.

The global attack also affected the health system computers in England and Scotland. Cyber-security firm Avast said it had seen 75,000 cases of the ransomware - known as WannaCry and variants of that name - around the world, according to a BBC report.

French carmaker Renault has also been affected. "Measures are being put in place to stop the spread of the virus. It's the first step," a spokeswoman said.

It also affected computers in Andhra Pradesh’s Police Departments, as well. Computers in 18 police stations in the districts of Visakhatpatnam, Krishna, Guntur, Chittoor and Srikakulam were hit by the 'ransomware'.