Apple’s primary manufacturer of processors used in iPhones and iPads stop production to deal with virus.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has been hit with a virus which has caused a shutdown of several manufacturing sites. The resulting shut down will result in product delays, and could cost the company as much as $171 million in revenue.
TSMC is the primary chipmaker for Apple iPhones and iPads, and also does manufacturing for Qualcomm and Nvidia. The company’s network was infected by a virus which the company has identified as a variant of WannaCry over the weekend, forcing a halt to manufacturing. TSMC is still working to rid their network of the virus.
Oddly enough, this isn’t the action of a cyberattack. Instead, the company states that the infection occurred during the installation of new equipment that was previously infected. The equipment was “not first isolated and confirmed to be virus-free,” and managed to infect the network upon installation.
The company believes it will be able to make up the lost time, and will be contacting it’s customers with new expected dates for delayed shipments. We do not know just who those customers may be, but we can expect to see delays from brands we know soon.