NEWSLETTER: WANNACRY HALTS HONDA & GOOGLE KILLS ANDROID 2.1

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“In an age of multiple and massive innovations, obsolescence becomes the major obsession.” ~ Marshall McLuhan

WANNACRY ATTACK LEAVES HONDA PRODUCTION LINES IN SHAMBLES

THE STORY

Japanese car-maker stops production at Japan-based plant after their network is sabotaged by Wannacry.

WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED?

“In the evening on Sunday 18th June, Honda discovered that computer systems in several plants across the world were affected by the Ransomware virus WannaCry. As a result, production of Sayama Automobile Plant in Japan were affected by approximate 1000 units” – Official statement from Honda, Japan.

See Also: How To Be Safe From WannaCry and Other Ransomware Attacks

After ensuing chaos last month, the deadly crypto-virus Wannacry targeted Honda systems at Japan production plant, located north-west of Tokyo. The attack reportedly took place on sunday, that disrupted the production of approximately 1000 vehicles. The Sayama Automobile plant is responsible for producing several popular Honda cars such as Accord and Odyssey.

WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE?

According to an official spokesperson from Honda Motors, the ransomware was discovered on their systems on June 18th, forcing them to shut down production immediately for 2 days. The plant is known to produce 1000 cars each day, and 2 days certainly seems worrying for Honda.

However, officials claim that recovery measures were undertaken as soon as they discovered Wannacry’s presence on their systems. Hence, they were able to resume production on Tuesday. Nevertheless, this certainly proves persistence of cybercriminals who want to sabotage economy in every possible way.


GOOGLE FINALLY BURIES THE LONG DEAD ANDROID MARKET

THE STORY

Google announces end of Android 2.1. Thus putting an end to the still lingering Android market.

WHAT IS ANDROID MARKET?

This might sound like a silly question to many, but anyone who used Android phones before 2012 would know about Android Market. It was the precursor to Google Playstore and was the primary source of apps for devices running on Android 2.1 and older. Although Android Market was already dead after the introduction of its successor, older devices still utilized the app database.

WHO WOULD BE AFFECTED?

Despite statistics not showing a lot of users for older versions of Android OS, there are still rooted devices in circulation that utilize Android Eclairs and older versions. This might sound a bit primitive to some readers, but Google’s stats are mostly based on Playstore visits and they aren’t sure of how many old-generation devices are still in use. Therefore, if you use Android eclairs and older versions of the OS, you will not be able to download any new apps nor would you be notified of this new change. Consider yourself warned!

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Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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