Hospitals and businesses across the globe have been affected by the attack which began on Friday, including Sunderland-based car plant
Nissan have confirmed that their Sunderland manufacturing plant was among the victims of Friday’s cyber attack.
It’s understood that the plant’s systems were first affected on Friday evening briefly halting production.
By around 9pm, it had caused the multimillion pound battery plant to go down, with other facilities across the manufacturing system affected later.
A Nissan spokesman said: “Like many organisations, our UK plant was subject to a ransomware attack affecting some of our systems on Friday evening. Our teams are working to resolve the issue.”
The ransomware software which swept across the world is designed to literally hold computer systems to ransom, locking the user out of the machine or making files impossible to read, demanding payments in the online currency bitcoin to return control.
The cyber onslaught hit headlines on Friday, as some British hospitals and GPs were left unable to access patient data after their computers were locked by the malicious program.
One of the trusts affected was the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
On Friday, the trust confirmed it was experiencing problems with its computer systems, and asked patients not to attend A and E unless they absolutely had to.
The problems appeared to still be affecting systems by Saturday morning.