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iPhone Virus Attacks & the Importance of Anti-Virus Management

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By: jdthbear

November 26, 2018

Imagine you wake up one morning and see the screen below on your PC. You press every button, turn it off and on again, and the screen remains the same. Yes, maybe you would want to cry! Guess that’s where the name came from…This is exactly what happened to Apple’s iPhone processor supplier.


Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is a key supplier for the iPhone, they supply the processors for the new iPhone which is planned to be released in Summer 2018. On Friday 3rd of August they were hit by the WannaCry Ransomware virus, and this haulted production for 4 days. This has in turn caused delays in iPhone deliveries across the globe.

What is the Wannacry Ransomware Attack?

The WannaCry Ransomware attack is believed to have begun in May 2017. It was a worldwide attack by a ransomware cryptoworm. It targeted computers running Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in Bitcoin. Microsoft provided a security patch soon after the occurance however by then it had already affected more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries.


Where did TSMC go wrong?

CEO CC Wei stated that the incident was due to a lack of appropriate virus scanning. Nothing more to say here, the patch has been available for over a year. Now, this has cost time to fix the issue and has cost money in delays to deliveries etc. These delays will also be felt by customers.

Lessons Learned from TSMC Wannacry Attack:

Firstly a clear process for scanning and applying patches must be defined at the bare minimum. If you do not have this in place at the moment I would add this to your TO DO list today. In addition, it is imperative that these operations are being followed up on regularly to ensure they remain under control. We advise this both on a business level, but also on a personal level.

Finally it is imperative that you use software that is still in support. Even though there is a security solution which blocks the WannaCry Ransomware attack still people who are using a version of Windows that is out of support can easily be affected.

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