Is China Behind the Cyber Attack Crippling Honda Operations World Wide?

  • Honda had to stop its operations around the globe due to cyber attack that happened on Monday.
  • There was no information leak.
  • The purpose seemed solely to disrupt Honda manufacturing facilities around the world. Especially in North America, Italy and Turkey.

On Monday June 8, Honda was forced to shut down its manufacturing plants around the globe. It forced the employees around the world to be off work. The reason behind the shutdown was a mass-scale cyber attack that affected electronic and computer equipment. It is reprehensible given the fact that world economies continue to suffer due to the coronavirus.

Some of the Honda manufacturing plants have been closed earlier in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic for safety purposes. Coronavirus continues to effect businesses around the wold. At present, there are over 7,200,000 cases and over 412,000 deaths reported globally.

Honda Corporation Headquarters in Japan.

Honda Motor Company, Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment. Honda operates 31 manufacturing plants. Honda has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, reaching a production of 400 million by the end of 2019, as well as the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. Honda became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2001. Honda was the eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the world in 2015.

There was no leak of private information or business proprietary documentation. The attack was purely geared to disrupt Honda operations around the world.

According to company representatives, Honda plans to resume manufacturing and daily operations by the end of this week. The most effected operations are located in North America, Italy and Turkey.

China could have a vast interest in such an attack. China and the US have been embroiled in a trade war since 2019. Disrupting US manufacturing operations wouldn’t be outside of the realm of the Chinese government.

Japan announced the largest ever fund  allocation of $2.25 billion (¥243.5 billion) to aid companies in returning production back to Japan and the additional funds are intended for the companies to move production to other nations, if it is not possible to move it to Japan. China would have direct interest in creating difficulties for the Japanese conglomerate.

At this time, there is no information about how the virus penetrated Honda systems. It should be thoroughly investigated. The CyberPol Agency has confirmed that the matter is under investigation.

China continues to be a threat to the world. Not only from the theft of data and proprietary information, but also as a threat to our planet and environment. China continues to violate the Paris Agreement.

Such attacks will not be an isolated incident and we should expected more. Critical infrastructure needs to be protected on both private and government levels. The parties responsible should be held accountable.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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