Chip Giant TSMC Hit By WannaCry Ransomware

Chipmaker TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co) said the computer virus that brought its production to a halt for two days was a variant of the WannaCry ransomware that hit users all around the world.

They are Apple’s sole supplier of SoC components for iPhones and iPads, and Qualcomm’s major manufacturing partner.

TSMC has provided an update on the company’s computer virus outbreak on the evening of August 3rd, which affected a number of computer systems and fab tools in Taiwan. The degree of infection varied by fab. TSMC contained the problem and found a solution. As of 14:00 Taiwan time, about 80% of the company’s impacted tools have been recovered, and the company expects full recovery on August 6th.

This virus outbreak occurred due to misoperation during the software installation process for a new tool, which caused a virus to spread once the tool was connected to the company’s computer network. Data integrity and confidential information was not compromised. TSMC has taken actions to close this security gap and further strengthen security measures.

Chief Executive Officer C.C. Wei told reporters and analysts today that the virus has been eliminated and all production is back online.

Image via – TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co)




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Duncan Newell

Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He has a interest in cyber security, and has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

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