TSMC is one of the most substantial semiconductor businesses in the world. The Taiwan-based organization was founded in the late 1980s and leads the world for semiconductor chip production today. The organization was recently the victim of a data breach, which is frightening since it's such a large-scale manufacturing organization.
The TSMC data breach occurred because a Russian cyber gang gained entry into Kinmax's testing environment servers. The testing environment is used to develop software for customers, and data from that system was accessed by the attackers. TSMC quickly broke its data link with Kinmax to protect itself against the breach, and it claims no personal data was taken in the attack.
This TSMC breach occurred near the end of June 2023. The attack was quick and efficient, and the attackers requested a $70 million ransom for the information stolen. It seems unlikely that Kinmax or TSMC will pay the ransom.
Both Kinmax and TSMC are impacted by this breach, and some TSMC customers had their names shared. According to both companies involved, no personal data was shared from their customers due to this breach.
We don't know exactly how many files were accessed in this breach, but we suspect that thousands of files and documents were available to the attackers.