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WannaCry Ransomware Virus affects Boeing Production Plant

wannacry ransomware virus hits boeing

Cyber threats are never far away and could attack anyone or any organization at any time. In a new case of the WannaCry Ransomware, a Boeing production plant in Charleston in South Carolina came under attack. A memo was circulated amongst all the employees from the chief engineer, Mike VanderWel at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering.  

The biggest cybersecurity concern right now for Boeing is that the virus may affect the equipment in functional airplane tests. This could further hit and spread to the airplane software and cause further damage. The memo signed by VanderWel states, “It is metastasizing rapidly out of North Charleston and I just heard 777 (automated spar assembly tools) may have gone down.”

The Virus Game

The WannaCry Ransomware virus has been affecting cybersecurity in countries and organizations worldwide. The present US government administration blames the North Korean cyber-terrorism squad for its large-scale spread.

The virus attacks through a critical Windows vulnerability and then starts locking down the machine. Next, it prompts the system owners to pay a huge ransom, usually in the form of Cryptocurrency to get back the access to their systems. When the virus spread like wildfire last year, Microsoft came up with patches to keep the virus from spreading. However, it hasn’t been able to completely eliminate it.

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