Attackers target Honda's global IT network, investigation launched. Australia not affected.
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Production at a number of Honda passenger car and motorcycle factories have been temporarily halted after the Japanese automaker was targeted in a global cyber attack on Monday.

Manufacturing was suspended at the facilities to allow the company to check quality control systems had not been affected, news agency Reutersreported.

It's thought the ransomware had struck Honda's internal servers.

A Honda spokesperson has told CarAdvice "[Honda Australia's] core systems are all running and at this stage there has been no impact to either vehicle arrivals or dealer deliveries."

Honda's IT specialists are currently investigating the cyber attack.

Most factories had resumed production by Tuesday, but manufacturing remains suspended at Honda sites in the USA, Turkey, India, and Brazil.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts the victim's data. The attacker uses it to demand a ransom to release the data back to the victim.

It's not known whether Honda paid any money to the anonymous attackers to enable the company to resume production.