ALERT Boeing factory hit by ransomware virus WannaCry on Wednesday

Boeing was hit Wednesday by the WannaCry computer virus.

 

 

Mike VanderWel, chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering, sent out an alarming alert about the virus : “It is metastasizing rapidly out of North Charleston and I just heard 777 (automated spar assembly tools) may have gone down,” VanderWel wrote, adding his concern that the virus could hit equipment used in functional tests of airplanes ready to roll out and potentially “spread to airplane software.”

A Boeing official told CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave that a “patch” was applied to fix the company’s computer system and that the virus impacted a limited number of older systems.

A ransomware is malicious software that can lock up your files until you send hackers a ransom payment and that it primarily targets Windows computers.

 

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