Hackers implement skeleton keys for attacking chip vendors

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Inndy Lin and Chuang-Kuan Chen, Cycraft Technology researchers at BlackHat USA reported a range of attacks on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The semiconductor industry in Taiwan has been under continuous attacks from advanced persistent threats (APT). Such hackers are often in search of valuable and lucrative customer data and intellectual property.

It is suspected that a single Chinese APT group is responsible for all malicious attacks on the Taiwanese semiconductor industry. The APT group is searching for semiconductor source codes, designs, software development kit (SDKs), proprietary data, etc. Researchers said that the attack was launched simultaneously on several vendors at Taiwan’s Hsinchu Science Industrial Park. The group has managed to breach at least 7 organizations with well-coordinated and precise attacks.

Source: Zdnet