The attack comes at a time when WannaCry ransomware attacks are on the rise. The aircraft company clarified that manufacturing and delivery procedures were not stopped or compromised.
Boeing is widely and popularly known for its aircraft. The chances are that almost 75 percent of the world’s population has heard, seen or experienced the Boeing aircraft in their lifetime. However, they have entered the news for the wrong reasons this time.
The company, known to be the biggest aerospace company in the world was attacked by malware. The attack resulted in the infection of the WannaCry ransomware on the company’s system. Reports indicated that the North Charleston’s S.C facility of the plant was the one that had been affected. The plant is responsible for the production of the Boeing 777 aircraft.
Even though reports showed that the WannaCry ransomware had also affected the airliners systems, the company itself did not confirm. However, the company admitted in a statement that they had been attacked by malware. They also reiterated that the malware attack was not massive and was not affecting any production or any delivery of its aircraft.
The company’s head of communications, Linda Mills, noted in one statement that the company had done checks on everything and had a final review. In their assessment, they noticed that the flaw had successfully been limited to a few of its machines. The company had managed to release patches as a result, she said. There was no disturbance to the Boeing 777 program or any other group for that matter.
Boeing is a lucrative operation for any hackers because of its products. The company is divided into the Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space and Security parts. These two departments would be lucrative for any hackers as they try to make money. It could be even targeted by state-sponsored hackers.
Back in May 2017, the ransomware hit the National Health Systems in the UK. The attack was done using some of the leaked NSA tools. These tools included the Eternal Blue and the DoublePulsar networks. They also managed to exploit one vulnerability, the SMB flaw. The flaw was in some of the old and new Windows devices. The ransomware managed to spread to at least 150 countries. It affected close to 200,000 computers in the process.
The director at Lastline, Dan Matthews, said that most security researchers had managed to publish and release prevention ways to the WannaCry ransomware when it first came on. These methods were still relevant but would be difficult to deploy and use in the sophisticated manufacturing world of Boeing. Healthcare facilities also suffer the same fate, he added.
The comeback by WannaCry is not a surprise considering the increase in malware attacks recently. The security firm, Avast, helped remove WannaCry attacks from their customer’s devices in Asia just recently. There were 1.7 million attacks in Indonesia and 1.2 million in India. Brazil also suffered attacks which amounted to 1.1 million.