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"It's Extremely Sensitive" - Apple Chipmaker Crippled By Computer Virus
08-04-2018, 05:01 PM,
"It's Extremely Sensitive" - Apple Chipmaker Crippled By Computer Virus
"It's Extremely Sensitive" - Apple Chipmaker Crippled By Computer Virus

<p>Having conquered the 'four commas' club for the first time, a chink in Apple's armor appeared late Friday night when <strong>a computer virus crippled iPhone's sole chipmaker's factories - halting all production</strong>.</p>

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<p><a href=""><em>As BloombergQuint reports,</em></a> <strong>Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) plants were severely disrupted after a number of its fabrication tools had been infected by the virus</strong>, and while it had contained the problem and resumed some production, several of its factories won’t restart till at least Sunday.</p>

<p><em>“TSMC has been attacked by viruses before, but <strong>this is the first time a virus attack has affected our production lines</strong>,” </em>Chief Financial Officer Lora Ho told Bloomberg News by phone.</p>

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<p>She wouldn’t talk about how much revenue it would lose as a result of the disruption, or whether the facilities affected were involved in making iPhone chips.</p>

<p>"<strong>The degree of infection varies by fab. </strong>Certain fabs returned to normal in a short period of time, and we expect the other fabs will return to normal in one day<em>,”</em> the company said in its Saturday statement.</p>

<p><a href=""><em>As The Nikkei Asian Review reports</em></a>,<strong><em> "it's extremely sensitive," </em></strong>an industry source familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.</p>

<p>"The news has spread across the industry since late Friday night. <strong>The computer virus was first detected in TSMC's 12B facility."</strong></p>

<p>The source said<strong> this facility is TSMC's most essential research and development base</strong> and is near the company's headquarters.</p>

<p><strong>The R&D plant "holds crucial production data and leading nanotechnology blueprints,"</strong> the source said.</p>

<p><u><strong>The virus comes amid a burst of alleged industrial espionage cases.</strong></u></p>

<p>In early July, U.S. authorities charged a former <a href="">Apple employee with theft of trade secrets</a>. According to reports, the former employee, Xiaolang Zhang, had disclosed his intention to work for a Chinese self-driving car startup and booked a last-minute flight to China -- after downloading the plan for a circuit board for Apple's self-driving car.</p>

<p>On Wednesday, a General Electric engineer in New York state <a href="">with ties to businesses in China was arrested</a> for allegedly stealing trade secrets related to GE turbine technology.</p>

<p>The virus attack on TSMC's computer systems also comes as trade tensions and <a href="">a technology cold war </a>escalate, mostly between Washington and Beijing.</p>

<p><strong>It’s unclear who targeted TSMC </strong><em>(though for now "Russians" have not been mentioned... or Samsung... or China)</em>, but the company added in a statement that <em><u><strong>the virus wasn’t introduced by a hacker.</strong></u></em></p>

<p>The implications are also unclear for trillion-dollar Apple.</p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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