TSMC hardware supplier targeted in cyberattack: All the details

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing said on Friday that a Cyber ​​security An incident involving one of its IT hardware suppliers resulted in a data leak at the vendor’s company.

“TSMC has recently learned that one of our IT hardware suppliers experienced a cyber security incident that resulted in the leak of information related to server initial setup and configuration,” the company said.

TSMC In a statement to Reuters, it confirmed that its business operations or customer information had not been affected following the cyber security incident at its supplier Kinmax.

The TSMC vendor breach is part of a larger trend of critical security incidents affecting various companies and government entities.

Victims include US government departments, Britain’s telecommunications regulator to energy giant Shell, all affected since a security flaw was discovered in Progress Software’s MOVEit transfer product last month.

TSMC said it has ceased data exchange with the affected supplier following the incident.

TSMC too announced It said in April it would release new software this year to help customers working on advanced computer chips for cars take advantage of its latest technologies more quickly.

TSMC is the world’s largest contract manufacturer of semiconductors. Many of the automotive industry’s largest chip suppliers such as NXP Semiconductors and STMicroelectronics NV use TSMC to make their chips.

But automotive chips must meet a higher standard for ruggedness and longevity than chips used in consumer electronics. TSMC has specialized manufacturing processes for the automotive industry that typically come years after similar processes for consumer chips.

In the past, it took additional time for automotive chip companies to create chip designs for those particular manufacturing lines. The result is that car chips can be years behind the latest smartphones.

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