Boing sending data to China?

Just for the record, before the OP might decide to delete it: Seen on reddit: […] 3 years ago I tried to clean a laptop belonging to a Boeing engineer whose daughter had gotten it infected with something while browsing the internet. I was unable…

Just for the record, before the OP might decide to delete it: Seen on reddit:

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3 years ago I tried to clean a laptop belonging to a Boeing engineer whose daughter had gotten it infected with something while browsing the internet. I was unable to clean it due to the Boeing-mandated security settings, which prevented any and all attempts at removal of the virus (although the virus installed itself just fine thanks to a Java hole).

Every single one of those boeing laptops was running a woefully outdated version of Java because it was needed to run one of their 3D-model viewing programs. So thanks to that one requirement, every one of those laptops was a ticking time bomb, waiting for the right moment to send all that proprietary data to the Chinese.