Nissan’s plant in Sunderland hit by a cyber-attack 0

Nissans-plant-in-Sunderland-hit-by-a-cyber-attackIn the same attack by malware ‘ransom’ software that also hit the NHS and other large global organisations and companies, the Nissan’s UK operations hub saw itself experiencing the hack – that locks users out of their computers until a ransom is paid. A spokesman for Nissan said that he could not confirm as to whether production had been affected. The plant typically operates Monday-Friday.

The spokesman said: “Like many organisations, our UK plant was subject to a ransomware attack affecting some of our systems on Friday night. Our teams are working to solve this issue.”

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.

The ransomware is a previously unknown entity; it has affected thousands of computers in nearly 100 companies.

Though the problem is infamous in the UK for the damage it has done to NHS systems, the effects have focused most specifically on Spain and Russia, according to experts.

“This cyber attack is much larger than just the NHS,” said Travis Farral, director of security strategy for cyber security firm Anomali Labs. “It appears to be a giant campaign that has hit Spain and Russia the hardest.”

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