The world’s largest Semiconductor manufacturing company, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSCM) was shut down over the weekend (4th-5th August) after being hit by a variant of the famous Wannacry.
According to the organization, the Wannacry Ransomware infected their semiconductor when a supplier installed tainted software without a virus scan to TSMC’s network.
Once the tool was connected to the company’s computer network, the virus then quickly spread to more than 10,000 machines in some of the company’s most advanced facilities, including Tainan, Hsinchu, and Taichung.
TSMC has confirmed that they have fully recovered from the incident and also assured its customers that no confidential information was stolen. The company has resumed full operations at its facilities, but there might be shipment delays as the production lines were halted for two days.
Comments from Ankush Johar, Director at Infosec Ventures – an organisation that provides complete infrastructure security solutions for commercial and government clients of all sizes.
This incident must be taken as a lesson that malware campaigns never grow old and all organisations, whether big or small, are on the target list. This goes out as an evidence that even if proper policies are implemented well across infrastructures and is regularly audited, humans will still remain the weakest link. Hence they must be trained and tested rigorously. Humans are the first line of defence and if this line is not strengthened, even the best security instruments would fail to protect against advanced cyber criminals.
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