WannaCry malware hits Boeing's production line in North Charleston


North Charleston - Boeing has become the target of a cyberattack. The WannaCry ransomware attacked the production lines of the 777X, reports Seattle Times.

According to Boeing, the problem has been dealt with quickly. Neither production nor the delivery dates of the aircraft were affected, Boeing said. Only a few of the systems were Infected.

We’ve done a final assessment,
said Linda Mills, the head of communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The vulnerability was limited to a few machines. We deployed software patches. There was no interruption to the 777 jet program or any of our programs.

The WannaCry virus exploits a flaw in Windows operating system to gain access to a network and attacks all computers in the network.

It is designed to lock users out of their data by encrypting their files in the system until they pay a fee, mostly in cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.

WannaCry first surfaced in May last year when thousands of Windows computers were paralyzed more than 150 countries.

The Windows vulnerability that WannaCry virus is attacking can be patched with security updates, and the latest versions of Windows operating systems are safe.

However, companies sometimes use older specialized software that only runs on older operating systems that no updates are provided by Microsoft, or they don't update their systems because of the fear of their custom-built systems will be in danger.