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Saturday August 04, 2018

Computer Virus Cripples iPhone Chipmaker TSMC’s Plants

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. was hit with a virus Friday, halting several of its factories and potentially disrupting chipmaking for Apple’s next iPhones. While the virus wasn’t introduced by a hacker, it did manage to infect some of the company’s fabrication tools. Several of its factories won’t restart until at least Sunday.

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"TSMC has been attacked by viruses before, but this is the first time a virus attack has affected our production lines," Chief Financial Officer Lora Ho told Bloomberg News by phone. She wouldn’t talk about how much revenue it would lose as a result of the disruption, or whether the facilities affected were involved in making iPhone chips.