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

Threat Source

No threat source identified