Renault latest victim of global cyberattacks, management says counter attack on

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

The cyber attack, which struck on Friday afternoon, has so far infected tens of thousands of computers in almost 100 countries, including NHS hospitals in the UK.

"The problems were mainly related to France where some of Renault's factories also faced a malfunctioning of certain parts of its information system", the spokeswoman also said.

The attack had forced the company to stop production at sites in France, shortly after it announced that output had been halted for the same reason at a site in Slovenia. That plant makes the Trafic van and its rebadged sisters.

"Nearly all plants should be able to resume their activity tomorrow", a Renault spokesman told Automotive News on Sunday.

The Sandouville representatives said that disruption would be minimal, as no full production was planned for the weekend. Lost production will be made up, he added, and the financial impact has yet to be calculated. "All the IT systems of the Renault Romania Group are working normally and are secure", the company said.

Renault didn't pay a ransom, the spokesman said.

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The attack damaged some high-profile targets, including Britain's health service.

The cyber attack reportedly affected older systems running outdated Windows software.

Renault bought Romania's Automobile Dacia, an ailing state company at the time, in 1999.

"This primarily affected organizations using versions of Windows which are no longer supported, or which had not put mitigating controls like firewalls in place", Paul Pratley, of London-based MWR Infosecurity, said.

"The measure was taken to prevent the expansion of the malfunctions, which, at first glance, seem to be a outcome of the global cyber-attack", Renault Group Romania announced on Saturday.