Mitchell International, Nissan Among Companies Affected by WannaCry Global Ransomware Attack
May 16, 2017
Written by Alicia Figurelli for Repairer Driven News
Reproduced with Permission from Repairer Driven News.
The largest global cyberattack the world has ever seen swept across 150 countries and hundreds of thousands of computers this past Friday, affecting hospitals, government agencies, manufacturers – and the collision repair industry.
WannaCry – a type of malicious software known as “ransomware” that restricts access to the victim’s computer or network, and threatens deletion of data unless a ransom is paid – started spreading late last week across the world. In this instance, hackers demanded $300 from their victims in a set timeframe. Companies affected by the attack represented a variety of sectors including healthcare (Britain’s National Health Service), telecommunications (Spain’s Telefonica) and logistics (FedEx). Much closer to home for repairers, Mitchell International, French auto manufacturer Renault and their alliance partner Nissan were also impacted by WannaCry.