Car manufacturing giant Honda falls victim to Ekanes malware.

A computer virus that is classified as malware or ransomware, to be specific, has infected Hondas’ IT system.

This type of cyber attack, specifically Ekans/Snake malware hijacks your computer network and encrypts your documents, databases, photos, and more using a military-grade algorithm.

What it simply means, is that your files are in a very secure location even you cannot access it.

A Tweet that started the news

Information about this attack started circulating when their customer services Twitter account posted:

In an official statement, they added that “the virus had spread” throughout its network. It affected their access to servers, emails, and internal systems.

Details of this cyber attack are slim, but they have pointed out that there is no current evidence of personally identifiable information leaks.

The identification of the threat came from the analysis of the samples that Honda shared about this attack. The profile fits with the Ekans/Snake Malware.

From novel coronavirus to a computer virus

What is disheartening about this whole thing is that Honda was one of the early automakers to put their production in hiatus and send their staff home in response to Covid19 and now they need to battle another type of virus.

The first mention of this ransomware started to appear just this year in the cybersecurity community. Initial reports stated that it targets Industrial Control Systems.

Others are also saying that its a type of cyber weapon that was supposed to be exclusive to state agents. Which looks like it has fallen into the wrong hands.

Considering their corporate size and profitability, and the intentions of those who sent the malware their way which is purely financial in nature, should they just hand over their cash and get over this?

The New Normal?

The impact of this disruption easily permeated beyond the walls of IT or Tech department halting UK plant operations and suspension of other operations in North America, Turkey, Italy, and Japan. Now, this ransomware is part of the ever-growing list of cyber threats that our society needs to confront.

In another Twitter post that is also attributed to this type of attack, Edesur Argentina an energy company seems to be facing the same challenges.