The cyber attack has impacted some global automobile companies like Renault, Nissan and Dacia that halted their production at some of their sites. This generated fear and nervousness amongst Indian vehicle manufacturers as well as instigating reports that the malware has brought Renault Nissan’s Chennai plant to a standstill.
Fearing a potential threat on the processes and critical data, auto majors issued an immediate advisory and took preventive measures to protect themselves from the malware.
The Indian arm of Japanese auto major Honda Cars India also issued an advisory stopping the use of the laptop except from the office. The automaker told ETAuto that the employees were informed that they should not download any documents online and view them.
The country’s leading car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki India spokesperson said, “We have not been impacted by the global cyber virus attack till now. Preventive countermeasures have been taken to counter any such attack. As a part of good business practice, we regularly issue advisories to employees not to access any unknown emails or links, which could lead to malware attacks.”
Wanna cry Ransomware encrypts data, locks the computer with the help of a downloadable link and asks for ransom to put back the system in place. In India two south India banks, two manufacturing companies from Delhi, an FMCG company were impacted from the malware along with 102 computers of Andhra Police.
Roy Kurian, Sr Vice President, Sales & Marketing, India Yamaha Motor said, “We had no impact of malware on us. Also, we have our IT cell in place to prevent all kinds of cyber attacks. We have installed relevant firewalls to prevent attacks.”
Till now there is no major impact of the malware on the automobile industry.