Boeing hit by WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Parker Bennett
Parker Bennett

the virus could hit equipment used in functional tests of airplanes ready to roll out and potentially “spread to airplane software.”
zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-28/boeing-rapidly-plays-down-hysteria-after-wannacry-ransomware-attack

Is it an anomaly or is WannaCry back?

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wired.com/2015/05/feds-say-banned-researcher-commandeered-plane/?

Christian Turner
Christian Turner

yeah because aircraft software is connected to the internet and runs windows XP

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Xavier Murphy
Xavier Murphy

That's not why I got curious. WannaCry spread like wildfire around this time last year. I thought it was.. dead. So this sounds like either a new variant or some odd anomaly of some sort.

Christian Taylor
Christian Taylor

that reporting ain't great - blaming china for wannacry and naming all viruses wannacry/10

Juan Allen
Juan Allen

ZeroHedge
LMAO

Oliver Baker
Oliver Baker

Boeing probably never installed security updates on a lot of the workstations on their assembly lines so they wouldn't have to worry about the systems getting screwed up during update which would've caused some downtime.

Updated versions of WannaCry removed the "phone home to check for killswitch signal" but still used the same vulnerabilities and malware payloads AFAIK

Luke Jackson
Luke Jackson

Aerospace conglomerate which hires some of the most intelligent computer engineers in the world to work on US military grade equipment
Yawn

Brandon Bell
Brandon Bell

windows
There's your problem

Oliver Carter
Oliver Carter

Well Boeing I heard is implementing seL4 for its avionics systems, so that shouldn't be affected.

Ethan Scott
Ethan Scott

boeing uses windows to control their airplanes

Jack Collins
Jack Collins

A lot of Boeing aircraft still use floppy disk computers (which are traditionally used for mission critical tasks) so I'm not really concerned about it.

Hacking aircraft is a fast way to either:
- waking up to a flashbang at 4am or;
- a drone strike
depending on where you live

Jack Brooks
Jack Brooks

This. A state wouldn't do something so brazen and it's in everybody's interests to fuck up any non-state actors that start doing this kind of nonsense.

Alexander Ross
Alexander Ross

Since all manufacturing and testing stuff is still Windows XP at best - no wonder.
The problem is that airplanes don't run Windows, they run some proprietary RTOS. Trust me, you don't want a BSOD at 9100 km/30 000 ft, or even worse at take off/landing.

Ethan Murphy
Ethan Murphy

I'm not really concerned about it.
You remember that researcher who hacked (and controlled) a plan via it's infotainment systems

wired.com/2015/05/feds-say-banned-researcher-commandeered-plane/?

Noah Foster
Noah Foster

No I don't remember him, which leads me to believe that if someone did it maliciously- I don't think anyone would remember them either
if you know what I mean

Lucas White
Lucas White

Aircrafts don't run Windows, they run VxWorks or LynxOS, or any other type or RTOS.
And even modern aircrafts still use floppy disks for data, no internet.

Dylan Morales
Dylan Morales

I read the article though, that's pretty cool. At the end of the day, he tweeted about it and had the FBI waiting for him at the airport. While extremely impressed at the on board access he was able to get: my posts are more targeted towards some sort of remote access gained as opposed to in-flight which would be catastrophic (a foreign entity obtaining system information from performing the same process and passing that information on, is also classified as catastrophic)

Brandon Miller
Brandon Miller

there should always be an option to take manual control. not a pilot but I think it's pretty fool proof

Caleb Morris
Caleb Morris

you dont really know much about technology eh
how do you think the master engineer gets its data from all the aircrafts that are flying from a company?

by floppy disks?

Gavin Phillips
Gavin Phillips

LynxOS
Is this the precursor to electron?

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Dylan Taylor
Dylan Taylor

plane equipment is ran by intel MELTDOWN™ inside

Anthony Sanchez
Anthony Sanchez

Not him but to answer your question they probably use serial cables, yeah, in 2018. These planes prefer legacy technology as it tends to be more reliable. I worked with a jet fighter squadron in my country 3 years ago. They used iomega zip disks to load flight plans in Rafales

Julian Edwards
Julian Edwards

perhaps you dont understand

all airplanes send tremendous amount of data in REAL time on both their company and the engine company
now untill the 70s this was being done only for very specific parts of the engines and only via radio waves
but now literally everything the plane does goes via sats acars/fms/atc/aoc/ehmd and while its not really big comparing to what we know now (300-400mb ) just imagine the data transfer of thousands of planes around the flat globe converging on GE or RR

Jordan Jones
Jordan Jones

Xp was patched

Aaron Kelly
Aaron Kelly

That doesn't mean that the sysadmins actually applied the patch.

Juan Campbell
Juan Campbell

Whoever wrote that article doesn't understand shit about software developed for aircraft.

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