Renault and Nissan are the latest victims of the global cyberattack

Nettie James
May 16, 2017

It is the first major French company to report being affected by the malware.

Over the weekend, Renault halted production at vehicle manufacturing sites in France and Romania to prevent the spread of the ransomware, but said 90% of factories were running normally on Monday morning.

The stoppages were deliberate and preventive, Renault said, as sites reporting infections were unplugged from the network to prevent their spread.

"Work is going on since last night. We are doing what is needed to counter this attack", she added.

While the WannaCry virus made headlines for its debilitation of NHS computers, attacks on health services were not restricted to the UK.

Automotive News (subscription required) reports Renault-Nissan shut down or reduced operation at five facilities across the globe in England, France, Slovenia, Romania, and India.

However, manufacturing remained suspended at the Douai plant in northern France, where Renault builds pricier models including its Talisman sedan and Espace crossover, the company said.

Following the attack on its information system, on Saturday morning, part of Dacia's industrial activities in Mioveni was temporarily interrupted and workers were sent home.

"Production was affected overnight but luckily there was no full production scheduled for this weekend, only some 'stamping" operations, ' he said.

A Nissan spokesman said: "Like many organisations, our United Kingdom plant was subject to a ransomware attack affecting some of our systems on Friday night. All the IT systems of the Renault Romania Group are working normally and are secure", the company said. Renault and Nissan, which are joined in an alliance, were both affected in the attack that spread to 150 countries.

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

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