Report: Foxconn falls victim to hacking attack

February 9, 2012

Foxconn, which has come under fire due to allegations of poor working conditions in its factories, may now be the victim of a hacking attack. 9to5Mac is reporting that a group calling itself SwaggSec was behind the alleged compromise, and was able to gain access to Foxconn's internal networks thanks to an exploit in an unpatched copy of Internet Explorer that was being used by a Foxconn employee. The group made a 6.04MB file available earlier this evening — first on Demonoid, and then on The Pirate Bay— which purported to contain login and password information for Foxconn's email servers, intranets, and various other company-affiliated sites. Also included was what appears to be an internal invoicing account profile for Apple, complete with bank name and vendor account number, as an example of what could be accessed with the leaked logins. 9to5Mac was able to confirm the login information worked on more than one Foxconn server, though access has since been cut off. It's as of yet unclear what specific Foxconn facility was targeted in the attack, or if additional information had been compromised as well. The company has yet to issue an official statement on the incident.

This article originally appeared on theverge.com as Foxconn attacked by hacker group, internal information released .

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