Computer Virus Halts TSMC Factories

A computer virus has halted multiple TSMC, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. factories late Friday night, forcing the company to shut down several plants which will not be operating until at least Sunday.

Exactly which factories were infected is currently not known but a TSMC representative has said in a statement that the virus attack was not introduced by a hacker.

“Certain factories returned to normal in a short period of time, and we expect the others will return to normal in one day,”

TSMC has grown to become the largest independent semiconductor company in the world with profits last year reaching $11.6 billion alongside partnerships with Apple.

“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.

It is unknown at the time just how much the infection has cost the company but analysts are suggesting that the impact will be minimal with only a small number of chips being affected.