Renault And Nissan Production Affected After Cyber Attack

Renault And Nissan Production Affected After Cyber Attack

An English plant of Renault's alliance partner Nissan was also hit by the attack.

Following the widespread cyber attack, dubbed "WannaCry", this past Friday, Renault and Nissan resumed almost all manufacturing operations. Corp or hospitals in Britain, according to France24.com. In turn, Renault and Nissan's system operations were questioned.

Renault was the first automaker to report being hit by the WannaCry attack, on Saturday revealing that several of its facilities in France, Slovenia and Romania had been hit.

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A spokesman for Renault said that proactive measures have now been put in place, so here's hoping that included a basic Windows update that IT should've been on two months ago. But the maker said all of its other French plans were back in operation.

Nissan's Sunderland vehicle factory is recovering after being affected by the same computer hack that crippled nearly a quarter of NHS trusts last week. Renault has become the first major French company to report being affected by the malicious malware. "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.

Experts believe the attack is most likely to be criminal in nature, rather than connected to a state actor. However, this attack was also able to infect computers on local networks by itself.

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Friday's wave of cyberattacks, which affected dozens of countries, apparently exploited a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency.

The attack uses an exploit known as EternalBlue, which is thought to have been developed by the NSA to break through security on Windows computers.

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