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Mondays With Miranda: August 13, 2018

Happy Monday, Everyone! Today, I have news on the world’s largest chip manufacturer being hacked, but first, let’s talk about current events. Beginning tomorrow, August 14th, CyberTexas 2018 will go on at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The main focus of this event is to build on the four pillars of CyberUSA. I know it’s last minute, but you can still register on-site today and tomorrow! Also, if you’re in the New England area tomorrow, the Endpoint Security and Management Seminar is taking place in Boston, and… it’s free! This event is all about focusing on how to prevent the “cyber 9/11” situation that our nation is facing.

Chip Manufacturer Hacked

The world’s largest chip manufacturer, The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), was hacked just about a week ago, now. TSMC said the virus hit their computer network Friday, August 3rd, and spread to many machines that are used to create chips and processors. TSMC is known to be the main manufacturer of chips for Apple iPhones and iPads, as well as the manufacturer of made-to-order chips for Qualcomm and Nvidia. TSMC had to shut down operations that entire first weekend, but were able to get systems back up on Monday, August 6th. After investigation, TSMC is saying that the infection came from “misoperation during the software installation process,” and not from a hack or cyberattack. The reality of the situation is still unknown.

Cyber Fun Facts

Radware recently surveyed over 3,000 Adults in the United States, and found that 54% of Americans are most concerned with their social security numbers being stolen over anything… even their wallets. The results from the study are as follows: 55% of Americans value their personal data most (54% of that being social security numbers), 23% said their wallet, 10% said their car, and 6% said their phone or house keys.

That’s all for today! Thank you for tuning in to this week’s segment of “Mondays With Miranda!” Keep up to date with current news by following NeQter Labs on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. As always, if anyone has any questions, feel free to email Have a great week everyone!


About the Author: Miranda Simpson

Miranda Simpson is a Technical Writer & Support Representative at NeQter Labs, in Middletown, RI. She is extremely passionate about technology and cybersecurity. She enjoys long walks on the beach while listening to punk rock with her mobile walkman.

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