French carmaker Renault said on Saturday that the huge global cyberattack had forced it to stop production at sites in France, shortly after it announced that output had been halted for the same reason at a site in Slovenia.
A spokeswoman for the company did not say how many sites were affected by the shutdown, which “was one of the measures taken to stop the virus from spreading.”
According to a union source, the Renault factory at Sandouville in Normandy was one of the main sites affected.
Car production was halted in Slovenia after computers at the headquarters of Renault’s subsidiary Revoz in Novo Mesto were affected, a spokeswoman told AFP.
“We can confirm that on Friday, May 12, some problems occurred on certain parts of Revoz’s information system that led to the halting of production during the night,” said the spokeswoman.
Production remained suspended Saturday, she added.
“The problems were mainly related to France where some of Renault’s factories also faced a malfunctioning of certain parts of its information system,” the spokeswoman also said.
Renault is the first French company to confirm it has been affected by the attack.
Friday’s wave of cyberattacks, which affected dozens of countries, apparently exploited a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency.