June 23, 2017

WannaCry Ransomware Still Alive! Hits Honda Plant In Japan And Traffic Cameras In Australia

It’s been over a month since the self-spreading ransomware called WannaCry caused chaos worldwide infecting over 300,000 Windows systems in more than 150 countries within just 72 hours, causing the shutdown of hospitals, telecom providers, and many businesses worldwide. Now, at the time, everyone thought that WannaCry is no more, it has come alive. The latest victims of WannaCry Ransomware are Japanese Honda plant and 55 speed and traffic light cameras in Australia.

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Honda Motor Company released a statement this week, saying the company was forced to halt its production for more than 24 hours in one of its Japan-based factories after discovering the WannaCry infections in its computer networks. The company halted production at its Sayama plant, northwest of Tokyo, on 19th June.

After wreaking havoc on a Japanese Honda plant, WannaCry made its way to Australian traffic cameras, Victoria Police has confirmed. The ransomware has infected 55 red light and speeding cameras owned by the private camera operator Redflex in the state of Victoria.

However, according to The Guardian, the attack, however, was not part of a targeted effort but was rather the result of human error when a contractor mistakenly connected infected hardware (USB drive) to the cameras.

“Our advice at this stage is that a software virus has been detected however the camera system has not been compromised. We will look into all incidents detected by the speed and red light cameras during the time in question as a matter of course. The integrity of the camera system has not been affected,” the police said in a statement.

Here are few tips to stop your business being hit by WannaCry ransomware:

  • Keep your computer up-to-date.
  • Keep your local anti-malware solution updated.
  • Uninstall unsupported versions of Windows OS and install a highly critical patch released by Microsoft.

Do ReadHow To Fix WannaCrypt Ransomware Backdoor on Windows 7, XP, 8

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