Global Cyber Attack Hits Renault; Production Stopped At Select Sites

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The "WannaCry" ransomware cyberattack that started and spread fast last Friday has affected many organisations across Europe, from UK's National Health Service to the Russian Interior Ministry. "Our teams are working to resolve the issue".

Nissan's Sunderland plant, holding a headcount of around 7,000 people, was rendered highly symbolic after the Brexit vote.

Citing a written statement by BTK, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said the cyberattack affected 74 countries, "including Turkey in a small way".

The attack prompted Renault to stop production at several sites in France, part of measures being taken to stop the virus from spreading.

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Nissan, which is the Japanese half of a Euro-Asian alliance with Renault, was the other automaker to confirm it had to halt production at one of its facilities, a plant in Sunderland, about 275 miles north of London. We're seeking to have a global vision to see which sites have been affected. It was reportedly based on cyberwarfare software developed by USA intelligence agencies that was released to the public earlier this year by an unknown hacker group.

It also affected computers in Andhra Pradesh's Police Departments, as well. The virus was launched on May 12 and targeted Microsoft Windows operating system, blocking access of users to their own data in exchange for ransom payments in the cryptocurrency bitcoin.

The cyber attack steals and encrypts files and documents before demanding a fee of about $AU400 to de-crypt them.

Turkey's information and communication technologies authority, or BKT, also reported the nation had been affected by the malware, while in Indonesia two major hospitals had also been struck.

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