Indian employees work on the second assembly line of Honda's fourth plant in India at Vithalapur, some 80 kms from Ahmedabad on June 29, 2016. (Photo: SAM PANTHAKY/AFP via Getty Images)

Honda plants in Brazil and India have halted operations as the Japanese carmaker battles to recover from a cyber attack that affected several factories worldwide.

The cyber attack at the beginning of the week targeted Honda’s internal servers and spread a virus through the company’s systems, a spokeswoman told AFP on Wednesday.

Motorcycle plants in India and Brazil were still out of action following the attack, while a four-wheel vehicle plant in Turkey resumed operations on Wednesday, the spokeswoman said.

The firm was “still investigating details”, she said.

In total, the cyber attack affected 11 Honda plants — including five in the US, according to local media reports.

All US plants have resumed operations, the spokeswoman said, declining to elaborate further.

She said the suspension would have only a limited impact on Honda’s business globally.

Global automakers including Honda have already been hit hard by a slump in sales because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, Honda reported a 25.3-percent fall in net profit from the previous year as sales dropped six percent to 14.9 trillion yen ($138 billion) in the fiscal year ending in March.

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