Apple’s chipmaker back in production after computer virus

Apple’s iPhone chipmaker is back in production after being infected with a virus at the weekend.

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) was forced to shut down parts of its factories in light of the attack, causing shipping to be delayed.

According to reporters, the attack featured Wannacry ransomware which could cost the company up to US$250million.

Nevertheless, TSMC denied all accusations of it being a malware hack. Instead, the company blamed an error on a new tool which wasn’t taken offline prior to being installed.

“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 to the BBC.

“While downtime can be a frustrating inconvenience for most when it targets the manufacturing process the results can be exceptionally expensive.”

TSMC produces Apple’s A11 processor in the iPhone X and is in the process of making Apple’s next-generation A12 processor.

The effect the virus had on Apple is unclear.

Written by Leah Alger

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