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Boeing - Wannacry ransomware

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https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/28/boeing-reportedly-hit-by-wannacry-ransomware/

Boeing has reportedly been struck in a major way by Wannacry, the ransomware that spread like wildfire last year. The Seattle Timesobtained a memo from Mike VanderWel, of the company’s commercial airliner division, describing the malware as “metastasizing rapidly.”

Wannacry, you may remember, spread using a Windows exploit leaked from NSA files, demanded a modest sum in bitcoin to decrypt the victim’s files, and was stopped in dramatic fashion by a single person. Investigators confidently but, as with most attacks like this, circumstantially attributed the attacks to North Korea

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9 hours ago, dgul said:

I find it difficult to understand why ultra-large organisations place so much faith in Microsoft. 

Its not just that, the article implies it was the production machines.

Wjy the fuck would you wan to run Windows on a PC controlling production?

The machines run custom software. typically connected to some custom hardware.

In the old old day -s 20+ years ago - these sort of things wuld be controlled by custom VME + Unix.

As PCs becase cheaper, people moved to DOS.

However, for the last 15 years its been obvious that any production software needs to run on Linux.

Just avoiding the license hassles is reaon enough.

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2 hours ago, spygirl said:

Its not just that, the article implies it was the production machines.

Wjy the fuck would you wan to run Windows on a PC controlling production?

The machines run custom software. typically connected to some custom hardware.

In the old old day -s 20+ years ago - these sort of things wuld be controlled by custom VME + Unix.

As PCs becase cheaper, people moved to DOS.

However, for the last 15 years its been obvious that any production software needs to run on Linux.

Just avoiding the license hassles is reaon enough.

 

Agree, but lots of legacy applications, tools, custom hardware. I remember having to partly reverse engineer the ISA bus timing on Compaqs to run dev boards, old XT machines running production test code that would only run on an XT (software timing / interface issues).  Also lot of the CAD tools were pretty much only available for the Windows platform, especially when Sun workstations fells by the wayside, as well as mainframe/mini computers, for a long period of time Unix was dying out and made a poor long term purchase choice, I think mindset that stuck, you knew your CAD/EDA supplier would always have to keep a current Windows version going.

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