Look how strange it is: just over a month from the release of new iPhones and (possibly) iPads, one of Apple's most important suppliers, responsible for the “heart” of the handsets, had its monumental production interrupted for a few days. The reason? A mysterious virus attack.
Who reported was the Bloomberg: starting last Friday (3/8), several factories of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) went offline and had to temporarily suspend production for a virus. The company did not disclose the source of the attacks, but said it was not the work of network intruders.
According to the company, the digital security team was able to isolate the threat on Friday itself, so some of the affected factories were able to return to business on the same day; others only returned full on Sunday. For a production-volume chip company such as TSMC, such a downtime represents a considerable delay in delivering customer orders after all, pausing at a certain point in the process can even mean losing several units.
The company did not disclose which customers or production lines were specifically affected by the attack, but stated that some deliveries could be delayed due to the events and that the affected partners were already notified; They also ensured that no confidential information was compromised in the attack.
For Apple, this may be somewhat worrying news: much of TSMC's production volume, after all, is intended for the manufacture of "A" series chips that power iPhones, iPads, and the like. If Ma's processors were hit by the attack, it could be that the Cupertino giant faces some problems in the traditionally troubled launches of new devices to be introduced next month. We'll have to wait and see.