Apple chipmaker TSMC closes factories after computer virus attack

06 Agosto, 2018, 11:33 | Author: Misty Newman
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A computer virus outbreak has hit third-quarter results at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd, the world's largest contract chipmaker, the company said on Sunday.

"The Company is confident shipments delayed in third quarter will be recovered in the fourth quarter 2018, and maintains its forecast of high single-digit revenue growth for 2018 in USA dollars given on July 19, 2018".

The impact on Apple's iPhone production schedule is also not known, although TSMC expects the incident "to cause shipment delays and additional costs".

No confidential information was compromised, the company said. No individual or organization has taken credit for the attack though TSMC representatives have said that the virus was not introduced by a hacker. At this point in time, the details of the virus are scarce but the shutdowns prevailed as TSMC ramped up its chip production for the 2018 iPhone models. Most of the affected systems were up and running again by Sunday afternoon, and the company said it expects a full recovery on Monday. The iPhone maker last week surpassed a market value of US$1 trillion, largely on the strength of sales for its pioneering smartphone. Apple designs the processors that go into its devices, but it uses TSMC as its exclusive partner for producing the chips. The company didn't immediately respond to CNET's request for further comment.

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The semiconductor company blames the outbreak on a mistake during installation of software for a new tool, which was then connected to its computer network.

"If the most advanced 7nm process products suffer a major impact, then concern could arise over a potential launch delay for next-gen iPhones", SMBC Nikko analysts wrote on Monday.

TSMC's chief financial officer Lora Ho told Bloomberg that the chipmaker has been attacked by viruses in the past, but never has malware affected the company's production lines.


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