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Malware strikes semiconductor manufacturer TSMC causing assembly line shut down

By Greg S ยท 5 replies
Aug 4, 2018
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  1. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. better known as TSMC was hit with a virus Friday evening that has put production to a stand still. As a critical supplier for Apple and Qualcomm, delays in manufacturing could be extremely costly.

    Apple is currently aiming to ramp up production for its upcoming iPhones. TSMC is the only manufacturer of Apple's latest A-series SoC, although Samsung was a manufacturing partner through 2015. At this time, TSMC believes that it has been able to contain the problem and prevent further infections of its machinery from occurring. However, manufacturing will not be completely back to normal status until Sunday at the earliest.

    Some of TSMC's factories are now back online, but overall output has been greatly diminished over the weekend. For now, it is unknown who carried out the attack or why any group would be interested in harming the company's production line. Further information will be released on Monday once the company has had more time to investigate.

    "TSMC has been attacked by viruses before, but this is the first time a virus attack has affected our production lines."

    Chief Financial Officer Lora Ho declined to share how much revenue the disruption will cost TSMC and would not clarify which facilities were specifically affected.

    Despite a hiccup in the production process, TSMC is confident that normal manufacturing will resume shortly. Looking at the larger picture, there is little worry for TSMC since the company still expects growth between five and ten percent.

    Although this is the first time that TSMC has had regular business operations put on hold, the WannaCry ransomware believed to be created by North Korea remains one of the most costly cyber attacks in recent history.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,872   +3,311

    Now this is one that needs to be investigated under the auspices of Industrial Sabotage, which is still pervasive in this country and other countries as well.
    robb213 likes this.
  3. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +334

    As one person at HardOCP said...
    "It's intel hacking into TSMC to see if they can figure out 10nm."
    Lounds, wildrage, Humza and 5 others like this.
  4. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 492   +422

    Like with HDD in Thailand, now expect everything made by TSMC pricier. "Buy GTX1070TI at $700, next gen won't be any cheaper" is the message. Convenient.
  5. Ean Mogg

    Ean Mogg TS Enthusiast Posts: 96   +40

    GCHQ again,,, lol
  6. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,124   +602

    Cue companies and retailers using this as an excuse to hike DDR4 prices in 3.... 2.... 1....

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