Foxconn Hit by Security Breach

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – The headaches just keep piling up for global electronics manufacturer Foxconn. The company which is already receiving scathing criticism for how it treats its factory workers in China was recently hit with another problem: A security breach.

A hacking group called Swagg Security has taken responsibility for an operation which reportedly revealed Foxconn login credentials including usernames and passwords.

Despite saying they were “considerably disappointed of the conditions of Foxconn,” the hacking group admitted that wasn’t their main reason for going after the company. In fact, Swagg Security said it was “the hilarity that ensues when compromising and destroying an infrastructure.”

Even with a “appropriate firewall” in place, Swagg Security says it was able to move forward with the hack.

Swagg Security’s message was posted on the website Pastebin along with access to the compromised information. According to a report from 9to5mac, the data even included the login credentials of Foxconn CEO Terry Gou.

In the recent months, Foxconn has been under considerable pressure regarding what critics see as mistreatment of the company’s factory workers in China. Foxconn employees in the country often work long hours for relatively small paychecks and live in cramped dormitories. Critics have pointed towards a series of suicides by workers at the factories.

The manufacturing company is notable for producing products for some of the largest tech innovators including Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently defended his company’s relationship with Foxconn, telling Apple Employees in an email last month, “We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern.” Cook also pointed out that his company routinely inspects factories belonging to those the company does business with and that improvements were being made.

In China alone, Foxconn has thirteen factories serving as the workplace for hundreds of thousands of employees.

 

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