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posted by martyb on Thursday March 29 2018, @03:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the Windows-TCO dept.

A derivative of Microsoft Windows ransonware, Wannacry, has hit a Boeing production plant in Charleston, South Carolina. An internal memo from Mike VanderWel, chief engineer of Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering, warned that the company's production systems and airline software were "at risk".

Wannacry was based on Microsoft Windows' CVE 2017-0144 which is used in the EternalBlue exploit kit. EternalBlue was initially utilized in apparent coordination with Microsoft's long delay in patching. Despite massive media spin, Wannacry was found to have hit all recent versions of Microsoft Windows.

The Verge: Boeing production plant hit with WannaCry ransomware attack
The New York Times: Boeing Possibly Hit by ‘WannaCry’ Malware Attack
The Daily Express: Vital Boeing computer network INFECTED with WannaCry VIRUS - is it safe to fly?.

Previously: UK Blames North Korea for WannaCry Attacks, Says NHS Didn't Follow Cybersecurity Guidelines
WannaCry Ransomware Attack Linked to North Korea by Symantec

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  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Thursday March 29 2018, @05:57PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Thursday March 29 2018, @05:57PM (#660101)

    >I will say it again. FOSS does not buy lunches or golf vacations.

    I don't know about golf vacations, but Red Hat is a multi-billion dollar corporation whose largest customer is the US Government, and whose FOSS products are used extensively in that government.

    There is simply no excuse for using Windows for anything requiring security. Alternatives exist, and at least one of those has plenty of money for salespeople, marketing, etc., and even works with the NSA. (I don't think Boeing is too worried about being spied on by the USG, if you're thinking along those lines; they're a major defense contractor.)

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