WannaCry virus strikes Boeing production plant

An estimated 230,000 computers were infected within a single day in the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. (Source: Wccftech)
An estimated 230,000 computers were infected within a single day in the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack. (Source: Wccftech)
There has been a reported malware attack on a Boeing production plant involving the infamous ransomware cryptoworm WannaCry. A spokesperson for Boeing described the event as “a limited intrusion of malware” as there were concerns about the worm affecting production and even airplane software. The destructive WannaCry attack of 2017 affected computers in over 150 countries.
Daniel R Deakin,

The Seattle Times has published an internal memo from Boeing in regard to a cyber-attack involving the notorious WannaCry ransomware. According to The Seattle Times, the chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering, Mike VanderWel, issued a rather troubling message in regard to the suspected attack:

It is metastasizing rapidly out of North Charleston and I just heard 777 (automated spar assembly tools) may have gone down.

Naturally, the last thing the world’s largest aerospace company wants is potential customers being concerned about whether or not Boeing’s products are infected with malware, especially one as alarming as WannaCry. In response to the numerous reports of the cyber-attack, Boeing issued this statement on Twitter:

A number of articles on a malware disruption are overstated and inaccurate. Our cybersecurity operations center detected a limited intrusion of malware that affected a small number of systems. Remediations were applied and this is not a production or delivery issue.

It is widely believed that North Korea was behind the 2017 WannaCry attack.


The Seattle Times

Twitter (official account for Boeing)




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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-03-29 (Update: 2018-03-29)
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.