Renault, Nissan latest to be hit by global cyber attack

French carmaker Renault is assessing the cyber attack situation to try to find a solution.
French carmaker Renault is assessing the cyber attack situation to try to find a solution.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP/REUTERS) – French carmaker Renault is the latest major organisation to be hit by the massive wave of cyberattacks sweeping the globe, the company’s management said on Saturday (May 13).

“We have been affected,” a spokesman told AFP, saying they were assessing the situation to try to find a solution. “Work is going on since last night. We are doing what is needed to counter this attack,” she added.

Car production was halted in Slovenia after computers at the headquarters of Renault’s subsidiary Revoz in Novo Mesto were affected, a spokesman told AFP.

“We can confirm that on Friday, May 12, some problems occurred on certain parts of Revoz’s information system that led to the halting of production during the night,” said the spokesman.

 “Proactive measures have been put in place, including the temporarily suspension of industrial activity at some sites,” she said.  Production remained suspended Saturday, she added.

Renault’s plant at Sandouville in northwestern France was one of the factories that stopped production, the spokesman said, declining to provide a full list of affected sites.

“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 spokesman also said.

The manufacturer is the first major French company to report being affected by the ransomware cyber attack that has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries.  PSA Group, Renault’s French rival, was not affected, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Production at Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Sunderland, northeast England, has also been affected by the cyber attack that has hit nearly 100 countries, a spokesman for the Japanese carmaker said on Saturday. 

“Like many organisations, our UK plant was subject to a ransomware attack affecting some of our systems on Friday evening. Our teams are working to resolve the issue,” said the spokesman.  He declined to confirm media reports that production at the plant, which employs 7,000, had been halted.

Friday’s wave of cyberattacks, which affected dozens of countries, apparently exploited a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency.