Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Sunderland, northeast England, was hit by a cyberattack that has affected over 74 countries, a spokesman for the Japanese carmaker said Saturday.
“Like many organizations around the world, some Nissan entities were recently targeted by a ransomware attack,” said the spokesman.
Carmaker Renault also confirmed that several of its plants had ceased production due to a cyberattack. The company said that it had stopped production at its plant in Sandouville, North West France, to stop the virus from spreading.
The attack also affected Britain’s health system and numerous organizations and governments globally, including global shipper FedEx.
Cyber elements on Friday used malicious software to exploit a vulnerability in Windows operating systems to infect thousands of computers with a variant of WannaCry ransomware.