Boeing was hit by computer virus WannaCry. Some Aircraft Production May Be Affected
Boeing was hit by the WannaCry computer virus on Wednesday, raising fears within the company that it is paralyzing some key aircraft production facilities could.
Mike VanderWel, Chief Engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane Production Technology, sent an alarming memo calling "All hands on deck."
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One possible impact, VanderWel said, was that the attack was "a battery-like reaction." Required, an indication of the 787 onboard battery fires in 2013 that led the Dream Fleet's world fleet and resulted in an extraordinary three-month engineering effort to find a solution.
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"We are on call with almost every VP in Boeing," said VanderWel's memo.
The WannaCry virus, which made a mistake in Windows exploits access to a network by attacking computer software with ransomware.
He locks users from their computers until they pay a fee, sometimes in cryptocurrency, or other type of ransom.
The virus first appeared in a worldwide cyberattack in May 2017. At the time, the Trump government accused North Korea of the attacks.
Afterwards Microsoft issued patches to close the security gap. However, older computers may not get patches, and many companies do not automatically update their systems, but wait for updates in batches to make sure that the upgrade will not affect other software.
Boeing did not respond immediately to an information request