The world’s largest chip manufacturer – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) – was forced to shut down production at the weekend after discovering a computer virus.
According to TSMC about 80% of its manufacturing tools had been infected by a virus. The virus also affected some of its computer systems.
TSMC blamed the infection on “ misoperation during the software installation process for a new tool”, but gave no further details of the virus, according to CNN.
The company revealed that this incident has prompted them in “taken actions to close this security gap and further strengthen security measures”.
CONSEQUENCE OF THIS INCIDENT
This incident could delay shipments in Apple’s latest Smartphone. The plant was expected to resume normal production today (6 August), but the weekend shutdown could affect the availability of Apple’s new iPhones.
TSMC has also said it expects any shipments delayed in the third quarter to recover in the fourth quarter, but it expects the disruption to knock 3% off its previously forecast third-quarter revenue of $8.45bn to $8.55bn, which means losses of between $254m and $257m.
The company reportedly plans to tell customers this week when they can expect to receive the delayed shipments.