A Virus Stopped iPhone Chipmaker in Its Tracks

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the manufacturer responsible for Apple’s next-gen iPhone chips, found itself a victim of a computer virus over the weekend that halted its operation entirely.

The company said that a majority of its fabricators were infected by the virus, and while it was contained and production resumed shortly after the virus was found, many of TSMC’s factories were down until Sunday. Even though the virus kept the company from producing the chips for a few days, TSMC says it wasn’t done by a hacker.

Source: Tech Awareness

At this point, no one has stepped forward to claim responsibility for the virus that infected TSMC, the world’s biggest contract manufacturer of chips for companies including Apple and Qualcomm Inc.

“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 said in a statement. 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.