Boeing Minimizes Damage From Cyber Attack

Mar 29, 2018

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Boeing said on Wednesday that it was hit by a cyberattack — reportedly the WannaCry virus — potentially causing some of its manufacturing equipment that produces its newest 777X to be affected. However, after just a few hours, Boeing said the attack had been settled and damage was kept to a minimum.

The Seattle Times broke the news, reporting that the aircraft manufacturer was hit by the WannaCry computer virus, which triggered alarm within the company and even some of its customers. Upon first learning of the breach, Mike VanderWel, chief engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane production engineering, alerted employees in an anything-but-calm manner, calling for “All hands on deck.”

“It is metastasizing rapidly out of North Charleston, and I just heard 777 (automated spar assembly tools) may have gone down,” VanderWel wrote. “We are on a call with just about every VP in Boeing.”

Since the news broke on Wednesday afternoon local time, Boeing reversed course, stating that the “limited intrusion of malware” that affected “a small number of systems” wasn’t as significant as originally reported. The company issued a statement on its Twitter account.

By evening local time, the incident had been solved, and executives called for calm within the company.

“We’ve done a final assessment,” said Linda Mills, head of communication for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The vulnerability was limited to a few machines. We deployed software patches. There was no interruption to the 777 jet program or any of our programs.”

Specifically, the attack was limited to computers in the company’s Commercial Airplanes division. Military and services united were not affected by the attack. Production and deliveries will not be affected as a result of the attack.

Featured image by Scott Olson / Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,600

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.