PressTV-WannaCry hits Boeing, raising safety fears

Hackers behind the WannaCry virus have reportedly used their malicious software to infect computers at the American aerospace giant Boeing, raising the alarms about possible passenger safety breaches on-board Boeing aircraft flying around the world.

Mike VanderWel, chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering, has sent out a memo calling for “all hands on deck” after the attack was thought to have affected the 777 jet assembly lines, the Seattle Times reported Wednesday.

“It is metastasizing rapidly out of North Charleston and I just heard 777 (automated spar assembly tools) may have gone down,” he wrote, referring to Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes division, which is located in North Charleston, South Carolina.

VanderWel also warned that the virus could target testing equipment for aircraft that were ready for delivery and even “spread to airplane software.”

Later in the day, however, the company issued a…

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