Apple supplier Foxconn hacked

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Foxconn, the Far Eastern manufacturer that supplies Apple and other hardware vendors, was yesterday hacked as part of a series of protests against the company's notorious working conditions.

Hacking group Swagg Security says it hacked the company's systems by exploting a vulnerability in an old version of Internet Explorer on a staff member's computer.

It was also able to take over the company's services site to swamp it with bogus orders purporting to come from vendors including Intel and IBM. Foxconn has since closed the relevant servers down.

It then published information online including Foxconn chairman Terry Gou's user name and password.

But while the group is critical of Foxconn's working conditions, it says this wasn't the reason for the hack.

"Although we are considerably disappointed of the conditions of Foxconn, we are not hacking a corporation for such a reason and although we are slightly interested in the existence of an Iphone 5, we are not hacking for this reason," it says in a statement.

"We hack for the cyberspace who share a few common viewpoints and philosophies. We enjoy exposing governments and corporations, but the more prominent reason, is the hilarity that ensues when compromising and destroying an infrastructure."

The hack was, though, timed to coincide with a series of physical demonstrations held yesterday outside Apple offices and stores around the world.

A small group at the company's Grand Central Terminal store in New York handed over a petition protesting the company's practices. There were similar protests in Bangalore, London, Sydney, Washington DC and San Francisco.

"You’re Apple. You’re supposed to think different. I want to continue to use and love the products you make, because they’re changing the world, and have already changed my life," says Change.org, one of the petition's organizers.

"But I also want to know that when I buy products from you, it’s not at the cost of horrible human suffering."