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Honda and other smart factories fall prey to hackers

Ransomware attacks increase sevenfold as companies embrace remote work

Robots assemble an automobile at a Honda factory in Thailand. As the automaker and other manufacturers become more connected, they become more vulnerable to cyberattack.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Nine factories across six countries.

That was the scale of a cyberattack that hit Honda Motor this week, as what is believed to be ransomware silently infiltrated the automaker’s internal network, disrupting essential systems and halting production on a global level.

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