Windows Malware WannaCry Delays Manufacturing of the Next iPhone Processor

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The company that makes the next-generation iPhone’s main processing chips suffered a malware attack on Thursday that brought production at several of its factories to a standstill.

Today, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) admitted that the attack was possible because of and an unpatched Windows 7 system, which was vulnerable to the infamous ransomware WannaCry while the company was installing a new tool. The infection happened when a supplier connected tainted software to TSMC’s network without a virus scan, according to Bloomberg.

TSMC is Apple’s exclusive supplier of the iPhone’s A-series chips. The attack, which cost the manufacturer $250 billion, could have been prevented, because it left its Windows 7 systems unpatched.


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