Virus briefly halts production at iPhone chip-maker TSMC


The chipmaker for Apple has warned shipments of the new iPhones could be delayed after its production line was hit by a computer virus. The firm publicly disclosed the attack on Sunday, revealing that it had recovered 80 percent of its impacted tools and was on track to a full resolution by today.

A critical partner for the launch of the new iPhone the Company is able to volume produce of 7mm chips, which will drive performance while limiting energy usage in the new iPhones.

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(TSMC), the sole manufacturer of the iPhone's main processor, was shut down following a virus attack.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company - is one of the world's largest contract chipmakers and a major supplier for Apple. Apparently, a "misoperation" during the installation of a new tool allowed the virus to spread to the entire network as soon as the new device was hooked up to it.

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"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", it added. "TSMC has taken actions to close this security gap and further strengthen security measures", it said.

TSMC said that third-quarter shipments delays would be recovered next quarter. The company has restored output since then but said the incident would delay shipments, without specifying what customers will be affected. After the virus got onto some of the factory computers, some of its fabrication tools had become infected.

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Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. More detailed information on the situation will be shared on Monday. To the big questions concerning the financial impact of the virus attack, and the production impact, the TSMC representative was reticent to answer.