In a latest ransomware shenanigan, a production plant of Boeing has been attacked by WannaCry ransomware. According to local news reports, the aircraft manufacturing giant’s production plant of Charleston, South Carolina is the target of ransomware attackers.
A company-wide memo has been issued talking about the metastasizing action of the ransomware, which might spiral out further. The company fears that the ransomware may perhaps infect the systems used to carry out the functional tests of aircrafts. Activities for ransomware removal has been immediately commenced to prevent the encryption of airline’s main software applications.
WannaCry Ransomware attacks have become very prevalent in last few months. From hospitals to schools, this ransomware is locking down the devices all around the world. Homeland Security advisor of the current administration, Thomas Bossert, blamed North Korea for spearheading these ransomware attacks. Bossert’s assertions are based on the findings of UK authorities (WannaCry recently hit the UK’s healthcare sector). Besides that, Microsoft also tracked the origin of these attacks to the cyber affiliates of this Far Eastern rogue state.
WannaCry ransomware attacks mostly affect the devices with Windows 7 installed. Even after the arrival of Windows 10, Windows 7 is still the most common operating system of Microsoft. A report from a large digital security corporation reveals that almost 98 percent of the devices infected by WannaCry ransomware were using Windows 7.
Experts are still trying to find out the coding issues of Windows 7 for its increased vulnerability against WannaCry ransomware attacks. According to the same report, no device with Windows 10 has been reported for WannaCry infections so far. Since Windows is the most common operating systems worldwide, therefore the devastation of WannaCry has reached 150 countries.
Fortunately enough, experts have found a way to deal with WannaCry because of its slapdash coding. A system encryption key can be retrieved from an infected device for ransomware removal. Therefore, it seems like Boeing will succeed in ransomware removal without paying any ransom. It’s worth mentioning that WannaCry operators ask ransom in the form of cryptocurrency to maintain their anonymity.