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Honda Motor Co. on Tuesday continued to restrict its employees from using work computers following an internal network issue that could be due to a cyberattack, a company official said.

While the network problem will not affect domestic output and sales, Honda is confirming whether the problem has impacted operations at its overseas factories, the officials said.

Honda has recommended its employees at its Tokyo’s headquarters and some other offices take a paid holiday on Tuesday as the probe means they are unable to communicate with their overseas colleagues as usual.

Honda confirmed the network problem at around 9 a.m. on Monday and suspended delivery of vehicles as the problem impaired the inspection of cars prior to their shipment from factories, the officials said.

Later in the day, the inspection system recovered and Honda resumed shipments from its domestic factories, the officials said, adding that the carmaker was restricting the use of personal computers in the company.

In 2017, Honda Motor had to temporarily suspend production at a Japanese factory after it was hit by ransomware cyberattacks.

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