American plane manufacturer Boeing announced that its executives identified a limited intrusion hit of malware that penetrated “a small number of systems.”
WannaCry is known as ransomware malware which targets victims’ computers and data through encryption and demands ransom payments in the form of Bitcoin. on Wednesday, Boeing reported little damage by WannaCry ransome malware.
After an initial assumption within the company that airplane-production equipment might be brought down, company executives later said that the scope of the attack was limited and caused minimal damage to the company’s production lines.
VP of Boeing commercial airplanes Linda Mills said, “A number of reported articles on a malware disruption are overstated and inaccurate.” Linda also added, “Remediations were applied and this is not a production or delivery issue,’ the statement said.
A spokesman from Boeing, Charles Bickers has not confirmed whether the attack was actually WannaCry but the United States’ computer virus officials blamed North Korea last December.
The chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering, Mike VanderWel sent out alerting memo, in which he called for “All hands on deck.”
“It is metastasizing rapidly out of North Charleston and I just heard 777 (automated spar assembly tools) may have gone down,” Mike VanderWel added in a memo.
Microsoft added an emergency “patch” in April 2017 that neutralized the vulnerability, but unpatched systems remain vulnerable. However, several companies with specialized tools do not regularly upgrade their software, for fear patches will affect the systems.