TSMC shut down production lines due to computer virus

Apple chipmaker TSMC factories shut down by virus

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) a critical partner of Apple, has been hit by a Computer Virus with several of their plants forced to close down. Ltd., best known as the main component maker for Apple Inc.'s iPhone, is recovering today from a virus that crippled at least 80 percent of its manufacturing line on Friday.

TSMC is the exclusive provider of the A12 chips that will power all of this year's iPhones and new iPad Pros.

No confidential information was compromised, the company said. TSMC expects full recovery on Monday.

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) had to shut down parts of its factories. On August 3, TSMC's computer systems in Taiwan were infected with a virus that spread to multiple fabs. The company didn't immediately respond to CNET's request for further comment.

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"The issues suffered by TSMC remind us that any organisation, even those working at the forefront of technology development, can fall victim to malware", said Thomas Nuth, director of product at cyber-security company Nozomi Networks.

Shares in TSMC in Taipei were down 1% in late morning trading on Monday.

While Qualcomm, which provides processors for many devices running Android software, gives TSMC about 6 percent of its revenues, it diversifies production so that some chips are built by competitors like Samsung. But it's confident it will get that back in the fourth quarter. Chief Executive Officer C C Wei had said TSMC's sales will rise this year by a high single-digit percentage in U.S. dollar terms, down from an already reduced projection of about 10 percent.

Or it could be some form of corporate sabotage by another chip manufacturer or an enemy of Apple, with someone sneaking into TSMC's factory systems and slipping in the virus; think James Bond but duller and less casually misogynistic.

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