Did the Ransomware “WannaCry” attack the Giant Boeing aircraft?

As per the report of Seattle times, production plant of Boeing in Charleston on Wednesday was hit by the nasty RansomwareWannacry”.

WannaCry Ransomware Virus

While it was believed that the vital airplane-production equipment for Boeing might be brought down but company reported that it was a “limited intrusion” and the attack was rescinded with the least of damage.

Linda Mills, head of communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes said “We have done final assessment. The vulnerability was limited to few machines. We deployed software patches. There was no interruption to the 777 jet program or any of our programs. A number of reported articles on a malware disruption are overstated and inaccurate.”

Mile VanderWel, chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering sent out an alert through a company-wide memo, asking for “All hands on deck”. He also raised his concerns that WannaCry can spread to the production system and airplane software of the Boeing. “It is metastasizing rapidly out of North Charleston and I just heard 777(automated spar assembly tools) may have gone down,” he wrote.

Last year in May, one of the deadliest WannaCry ransomware attack took place which targeted around three lakh computers in hundred and fifty countries worldwide. This catastrophic global attack had a worldwide impact and USA government blamed North Korea for launching it through WannaCry Ransomware Virus. WannaCry cyber-attack and hackers were able to mark their presence this year in February when it hit Connecticut’s State Agencies and yet again, the attack on Boeing suggests that the threat is still present. Microsoft although tried to limit the spread of WannaCry Virus by offering an “emergency” patch but that has not eliminated the threat completely.

In order to stay protected from malware such as WannaCry, it is important that you adopt certain precautions for there are no ransomware virus removal tools available. Therefore, here are some free malware removal tips as given below, that can help you to combat such attacks easily and can prevent your system from getting infected:

Tips to prevent malware from infecting your system

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Hitman Pro and Vipre so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.
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