KIA Motors GA Plant Hit in Cyber Incident

September 19, 2023

INCIDENT

A cybersecurity incident shut down manufacturing at the KIA Motors West Point, Georgia facility earlier this month.
While KIA addressed the problem in a day, manufacturing ground to a halt September 6 when shifts, and deliveries ended up disrupted. A KIA spokesperson confirmed some details related to the cybersecurity issue.
“Kia Georgia was alerted by a supplier of a cybersecurity issue that has resulted in a disruption to our regular production schedule. Kia Georgia is working closely with the supplier to minimize impact and anticipates a prompt return to normal operations,” said Patrick Sands, a spokesperson with KIA.
It appears the auto manufacturer and other auto suppliers, who operate on the same software system, ended up hacked by cyber pirates who demanded a ransom to restore data and service.

Incident Date

September 6, 2023

Estimated Cost

Shut down production for one day

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified