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Hackers score the CEO's password and more

Those mischievous rapscallion hackers have been up to their usual fare, targeting a Chinese supplier infamous both for its deep relationship with Apple and its long history of alleged worker abuses.  

I. Foxconn Ha-ha-hacked...

The rooting rogues had their way with Foxconn, a subsidiary of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd. (TPE:2317).  The massive intrusion into Foxconn and Hon Hai's servers was allegedly kicked off when an employee used an unpatched legacy version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and fell victim to one of many common exploits.

The exploit on the Chinese manufacturer is somewhat ironic, given that Chinese hackers allegedly used a similar exploit to steal source code from search giant Google Inc. (GOOG).

Before long the group of hackers, who call themselves "Swagg Security" were dumping server logs, files, and passwords en masse.  Even the company's billionaire CEO, Terry Gou, had his password exposed:
 
Foxconn CEO's pasword
[Image Source: Foxconn via Swagg Sec via the Pirate Bay]

Terry Gou
While his employees are reportedly enduring hellish working conditions, billionaire Foxconn chief is enjoying a dream life.  He recently married his much younger dance teacher (left).
[Image Source: Taiwan News/Forbes]

A 6 MB treasure trove of information is currently available on The Pirate Bay, and includes Apple payment records:

Foxconn Apple payments
[Image Source: Foxconn via Swagg Sec via the Pirate Bay]

More information may be forthcoming.

Swagg Sec. brings to mind recent groups like the defunct LulzSec and GoatseSec.  In their press release the hackers describe themselves as "The Hackers with Swagger".

The group clearly intended their hack as a "hacktivist" statement, writing:

So Foxconn thinks they got ‘em some swagger because they work with the Big Boys from Intel, Microsoft, IBM, and Apple? Fool, You don’t know what swagger is. They say you got your employees all worked up, committing suicide ‘n stuff. They say you hire chinese workers ’cause you think the taiwanese are elite. We got somethin’ served up good…real good. Your not gonna’ know what hit you by the time you finish this release. Your company gonna’ crumble, and you deserve it.

II. Apple Accusation Put the Spotlight on Foxconn

Foxconn produces electronics for almost every major electronics company from Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT).  But as the comment alludes to, its alleged worker abuses were most noticed at its massive Shenzhen city-factory, which primarily produces for Apple.  Apple's demand for unapologetic demand for high volumes at any cost have made the Apple-centric plant reportedly the company's most "hellish" factory, with employees being forced to work grueling hours.  

At least one employee was reportedly worked to death, though Foxconn contends he died of "natural" causes and refused to pay his family benefits.  Foxconn has been forced to pay benefits to the families of a number of employees from the plant who have committed suicide over the last year [1][2][3][4] [5][6][7][8].

Foxconn Workers
[Image Source: Telegraph UK]

Apple is accused of turning a blind eye to the employee abuses, despite being aware of them.  Apple ardently disputes these claims, but that hasn't stopped activists from protesting outside Apple stores in the U.S. and abroad.

Late Apple CEO Steven P. Jobs seemed troubled by the suicides in a 2010 interview, but he insisted that they happen everywhere, saying the same thing happened in his affluent Palo Alto suburb.  Apple praised Foxconn in a 2011 report for "improving" in the wake of the suicides.

Foxconn at one point tried to make employees sign a "legally binding" letter promising not to kill themselves.  That letter was subsequently retracted.  The company also has been working hard to replace its employees with suicide-proof robots.

This is not the first time the company's web properties have been targeted by hacktivists, although previous attempts were limited to defacement.

Sources: Twitter [Swagg Sec], The Pirate Bay



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good to see
By IlllI on 2/9/2012 7:54:23 PM , Rating: 5
typical woman marrying for money.




RE: good to see
By priusone on 2/9/2012 8:19:32 PM , Rating: 2
Typical rich guy with a hot younger wife. Not complaining, just observing.


RE: good to see
By espaghetti on 2/9/12, Rating: -1
RE: good to see
By EricMartello on 2/9/2012 11:29:13 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Typical communist country crapping all over the lower class.


Yeah man! That would never happen in a capitalist country like the USA!


RE: good to see
By bupkus on 2/10/2012 10:03:10 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
That would never happen in a capitalist country like the USA!
Haven't you heard, there are no classes in the U.S.A., just Americans. I have the right to shop at the best shops, join Country Clubs and phone up Congressmen... only I can't afford the best shops or the Country Clubs and Congressmen won't take my calls. That, however, doesn't mean I'm disfranchised from the system, just that I'm low classed, ie., invisible.


RE: good to see
By espaghetti on 2/10/2012 12:51:07 PM , Rating: 4
The working conditions in the U.S. haven't been close to China's since the industrial revolution. Last time I checked, the unions drug us out of that nightmare. Are you saying that there's been no progress here? Those conditions would not be tollerated here. The labor unions here would come unglued.


RE: good to see
By B3an on 2/10/12, Rating: -1
RE: good to see
By espaghetti on 2/10/12, Rating: -1
RE: good to see
By espaghetti on 2/10/12, Rating: -1
RE: good to see
By espaghetti on 2/10/12, Rating: 0
RE: good to see
By theArchMichael on 2/10/2012 3:52:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Those conditions would not be tollerated here. The labor unions here would come unglued.


Hooray for socialism!


RE: good to see
By Schadenfroh on 2/10/2012 10:53:13 AM , Rating: 1
Foxconn is a Taiwanese company, The Republic of China (Taiwan) is about as capitalist as the US. But, like most multi-national companies, they manufacture stuff in the PRC (communist), where corruption is the name of the game and people are treated like shit by companies / their government if said people do not have connections / cash (way beyond anything in the US / Canada). My ex (mainland Chinese) had incorrect info on her papers, they never bothered to fix it because they did not want to pay bribes to government officials to get them to do their jobs.


RE: good to see
By bigdawg1988 on 2/10/2012 11:40:11 AM , Rating: 3
This isn't a Chinese phenomenon, it seems to be an industrial revolution phenomenon. We did the same thing in the US until the labor unions got together and did something about it. China's day is coming. I wouldn't get too worked up about them, although it will suck for about another 20 years. Then the Chinese people will finally decide enough is enough and really start to cause some trouble over there. As their former peasants make more money they will start to question why they are working like slaves, and why they have no safe drinking water, or clean air. Then some clocks will get cleaned and things will change.
And then we'll find another 3rd world country to use for our enslavement and stop using the "expensive" Chinese labor. India should be ready to step up by then. ;)


RE: good to see
By augiem on 2/10/2012 12:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
Industrial revolution? When was there ever any equality or justice or non-abuse of the weak/helpless? I can think of no period in human history where this wasn't the case. It's simply nature (human or otherwise). The tree that can grow biggest blocks out the sun so he can claim it all for himself, everything down below be damned. The life around the tree is essentially made up of parasites feeding off of it or its waste.

It's only if people consciously choose not to act like animals that society can make any progress. Unions would help China, but at the very base the people need to take personal responsibility and choose not to engage in corruption. Without some personal morality, all the laws and unions won't get very far. It's better in most first world countries now than ever in human history, but it will never be perfect.


RE: good to see
By JKflipflop98 on 2/9/2012 9:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
He's only exploiting the fact that women will do anyone for the right price. Disgusting gold diggers.


RE: good to see
By BarkHumbug on 2/10/2012 5:48:28 AM , Rating: 3
RE: good to see
By Camikazi on 2/11/2012 4:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
Remember the man might wave around the money, but it's the woman who falls for the bait :)


RE: good to see
By Supa on 2/9/2012 10:07:18 PM , Rating: 5
DailyTech got it wrong, the woman in the picture is not his wife; she is a Taiwanese supermodel, and he is not so lucky to have her.

A simple google of "Terry Gou" will easily show this.

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RE: good to see
By JasonMick (blog) on 2/9/12, Rating: -1
RE: good to see
By Supa on 2/9/2012 10:44:39 PM , Rating: 4
His real wife is not as young, tall, or beautiful. She is actually the dance teacher of the model in picture.

If you guys want to criticize the guy or stereotyping the woman, at least get the info correct.

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RE: good to see
By bigdawg1988 on 2/10/2012 11:46:47 AM , Rating: 3
His 2ND wife looks young, tall, and beautiful to me!!

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.as...

Man, they have some tough rules in Taiwan. No wonder he does business on the mainland.


RE: good to see
By DEVGRU on 2/10/12, Rating: 0
RE: good to see
By formulav8 on 2/10/2012 1:32:43 PM , Rating: 2
That picture of him smiling reminds me of the Bugs Bunny cartoon with that goofy half-brained Buzzard:

"Ga-loop a-doop-adoop-doop-doop-doop-doo".

That now reminds me of the song bugs was singing in the shower - "My momma done told me, that buzzards is two-faced."


RE: good to see
By WalksTheWalk on 2/10/2012 4:25:00 PM , Rating: 2
He looks like a Bond villain.

"How vewy nice to see you Mr. Bond."

<in Taiwanese/English accent>


Misleading title
By gyranthir on 2/10/2012 9:40:36 AM , Rating: 3
Why not call it, Hackers attack electronics supplier - Foxconn.

It's not like Foxconn only builds Apple products.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn

They are the largest electronics manufacturer in the world.

They work with EVERYONE...

Foxconn manufactures products for companies including:
(country of headquarters in parentheses)
Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
Amazon.com (United States)
Apple Inc. (United States)
ASRock (Taiwan)
Asus (Taiwan)
Barnes & Noble (United States)
Cisco (United States)
Dell (United States)
EVGA Corporation (United States)
Hewlett-Packard (United States)
Intel (United States)
IBM (United States)
Lenovo (China)
Microsoft (United States)
MSI (Taiwan)
Motorola (United States)
Netgear (United States)
Nintendo (Japan)
Nokia (Finland)
Panasonic (Japan)
Samsung (South Korea)
Sharp (Japan)
Sony (Japan)
Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)
Vizio (United States)




RE: Misleading title
By x10Unit1 on 2/10/2012 6:17:39 PM , Rating: 3
How is it misleading? If anything he is being more specific than he needs to be.

Other news outlets are focusing on Apple's foxconn relationship as well. I am guessing that the title reflects the recent events.


Anon is screwed now...
By lightfoot on 2/9/2012 8:55:22 PM , Rating: 3
Uh-oh. Apple will sue Anon now because Apple owns the patent for "hacking a company that assembles a mobile device" and "intentionally or inadvertently sharing private personal information over a wireless network." As well as several design patents for a "minimalistic intrusion system."

Apple will likely try to have Anonymous' hacks banned in several major nations and Germany.

If Steve Jobs were still alive, I'm sure he'd be willing to go to thermonuclear war over this.




Apple iNett
By Mitch101 on 2/9/2012 9:27:40 PM , Rating: 2
Apple fixed the Foxconn suicide issue
http://teamcoco.com/video/apple-iNett




I've heard enough about this...
By bebimbap on 2/10/2012 7:47:14 PM , Rating: 1
Why do so many Americans think they are so helpless. The BEST country in the world and its citizens individually can't do anything without a governing body to do the thinking for them.

If you think Unions don't bully the weak think again. There are many places of work where if you are unwilling to join them and pay their dues, your fellow "fair and unioned" employees will gladly force your acceptance to their ways. Unions are leeches and feed off the work force with the guise that they are helping and are more communist than you think.

Employment is similar to any commodity, so supply and demand should be the governing body. If more people want a particular job than there are positions for it, you progressively lower starting pay, or fire/lay off people. Conversely if there are open positions which seem impossible to fill, you raise the starting pay till those positions are satisfied. It should be all about demand of the job vs the qualified applicants. Unions on the other hand place a synthetic stress on both supply and demand to increase both the number of positions and the wages of those positions. And they also keep those companies from trimming unwanted fat from their "lean" workforce.

I've helped a few people see they are worth more, and they eventually quit their low paying jobs and found better and higher paying jobs. But of course they are hard working responsible individuals. You are not "stuck" at a job, ever. You don't need a hand out and you definitely don't need higher pay for your job. You don't need unemployment checks, or food stamps, or any other "help". There are tons of jobs out there. Just find something more satisfying, then quit, or quit and then find something if you had the money saved up.

The unemployment rate is "high" but that just means people aren't finding the jobs they want, and the jobs they want are siting at their free home, drinking their free beer, playing on their free Iphone while getting paid to do it.

Back in 2006 Citibank closed a major call center in Dallas. Everyone said because wages are less in India they moved it there. But the real reason is, not enough people wanted the job. you have 10,000 jobs to fill, but only 2000 people are coming to work on time, and ready to work. You lose money as an employer that way. You could fire the irresponsible ones, but companies like those spend about $6000-$10000 on new hires, and that's even before those new hires are able to make even 1 cent of revenue for that company. So in the end, not enough Americans wanted that $40k/year desk job answering phone calls, drinking coffee and becoming 300lbs overweight, so they would rather go to India where the workforce shows more respect for their jobs and shows up on time, and tries harder at their job for lower pay. there was a company that wanted to start a refurbishing plant in west Texas, but they couldn't fill 300 jobs with responsible people so they went elsewhere. Probably to Mexico...

If you don't like your job or you like it but it is not paying enough, quit. But while you are there you have to respect your job, and have pride in your work. Go find something better, or worse that's your choice, but if you don't respect it, the employer will find a country that will or just close up shop because they too have a choice.

No one is holding a gun to your head. you can start your own business or work 2 jobs to make some money and turn those 2 low paying ones into 1 high paying one with some additional education or just simply hard work and commitment. I know many people that just didn't like getting payed crap while teaching, and started their own private tutoring business and are well off now. Similarly some didn't like their wages while doing trucking, and started their own trucking business and are well off. Some didn't like their wages while building houses so now they own their own construction company and are well off. They all put hard work and commitment into their new lifestyle.

Unions are only out for themselves. If a business were a sinking ship, they would be the first ones in partially filled life boat in the water even before you, the employee sponsoring the union, could get your kids safely up to them. Individuals have a choice, even if they don't believe it themselves.




Correction
By Tony Swash on 2/10/12, Rating: -1
RE: Correction
By JasonMick (blog) on 2/10/2012 9:30:44 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Foxconn produces electronics for almost every major electronics company from Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). But as the comment alludes to, its alleged worker abuses were most noticed at its massive Shenzhen city-factory, which primarily produces for Apple. Apple's demand for unapologetic demand for high volumes at any cost have made the Apple-centric plant reportedly the company's most "hellish" factory, with employees being forced to work grueling hours.

Tony, save your breath, bud, I already said this... see the first sentence above...


RE: Correction
By tayb on 2/10/2012 10:55:14 AM , Rating: 2
The title is "Hackers Have Their Way With Apple Supplier Foxconn"

If you want people to save their breath fix the title.


RE: Correction
By bigdawg1988 on 2/10/2012 12:00:42 PM , Rating: 2
Jason,
Just to be clear, are you saying that the plants that produce for Apple are far worse than the plants that produce for other companies? Makes you wonder why the abuses seem to occur at Apple and not the other company plants. Perhaps the other plants are not being investigated as much? I don't know, but I would like to.
I have secretly thought you were just being biased against Apple, but if it is true that the "Apple plants" are different, then something needs to be done about it.


RE: Correction
By lightfoot on 2/10/2012 12:06:01 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Makes you wonder why the abuses seem to occur at Apple and not the other company plants.

Not really. It should be obvious by now that Apple uses Black Soul Gems to power their magical devices.


RE: Correction
By Tony Swash on 2/10/2012 2:27:56 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Jason,
Just to be clear, are you saying that the plants that produce for Apple are far worse than the plants that produce for other companies? Makes you wonder why the abuses seem to occur at Apple and not the other company plants. Perhaps the other plants are not being investigated as much? I don't know, but I would like to.
I have secretly thought you were just being biased against Apple, but if it is true that the "Apple plants" are different, then something needs to be done about it.


As far as I know there is no evidence to suggest that conditions in the parts of Foxconn making parts for Apple are any different or worse than the parts of Foxconn making parts for the other big tech companies. There is plenty of evidence that Apple is making more efforts than the other big tech companies to monitor, audit and improve the conditions in it's supply chain. They have a long way still to go.


RE: Correction
By JasonMick (blog) on 2/10/2012 5:15:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
As far as I know there is no evidence to suggest that conditions in the parts of Foxconn making parts for Apple are any different or worse than the parts of Foxconn making parts for the other big tech companies. There is plenty of evidence that Apple is making more efforts than the other big tech companies to monitor, audit and improve the conditions in it's supply chain. They have a long way still to go.

That's not true.

Reportedly employees at the Apple-specific plants are forced to work longer hours to fill the higher volume demand for Apple's devices, and are more subject to the stress of more stringent secrecy restrictions. One employee was reportedly beaten and then possibly murdered for losing a prototype of the iPhone.

And the suicides last year were mostly at the plants that primarily built Apple products.


RE: Correction
By x10Unit1 on 2/10/2012 6:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
Lol Jason. He clearly didn't read the article. He saw the title and went directly to the comments. Otherwise, he would have realized that both "issues" he brought up were already covered in the article.


RE: Correction
By Tony Swash on 2/10/2012 7:23:13 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Reportedly employees at the Apple-specific plants are forced to work longer hours to fill the higher volume demand for Apple's devices, and are more subject to the stress of more stringent secrecy restrictions. One employee was reportedly beaten and then possibly murdered for losing a prototype of the iPhone.


Care to point to the evidence to support the claim that Foxconn workers building Apple components are treated worse than those who make similar components for other companies?

quote:
And the suicides last year were mostly at the plants that primarily built Apple products.


Again - care to point to the evidence to support the claim that the suicide rate at plants making Apple kit is higher than in those plants making similar kit for other companies?


RE: Correction
By Tony Swash on 2/10/12, Rating: 0
RE: Correction
By messele on 2/11/2012 3:04:29 PM , Rating: 2
Don't expect a reply. They have absolutely no evidence to the contrary.

Yes there may be more volume of Apple products produced. I don't think you actually know that is true but it would make sense as an assumption.

What would also make sense is that people are not required to work double shifts but actually there are more shifts put in place. i.e. perhaps three shifts in a 24 hour period and perhaps employees would be required to work for 6 days a week. This would not be unusual anywhere in the world.

Why would employees be required to work much longer hours when labour is so abundant? Training people to do simple repetitive tasks is not the reason and economics are not the reason since it's actually usually cheaper for people to work similar hours to those we work in the west since productivity is generally at it's optimal level that way.

I can see absolutely no evidence that conditions in these factories are as systematically terrible as these random reports make out. Maybe there are isolated cases of bullying or coercing but you find that anywhere.


RE: Correction
By lawrance on 2/13/2012 11:13:46 AM , Rating: 2
"However, workers at the Longhua Foxconn plant received better wages and benefits than those at any of the 10 factories China Labor Watch investigated."


This is the plant that focuses mostly on Apple products. Anyone want to bet that their is a waiting list at Foxcon to work at this location?


RE: Correction
By espaghetti on 2/10/2012 1:56:29 PM , Rating: 3
Tiny, it's ok to like a brand more than another.
You, my friend, are an over payed P.R. consultant.
I keep wondering when apple will publicly denounce any affiliation with you.
Keep up the good work. Lol


RE: Correction
By rcc on 2/10/2012 2:20:55 PM , Rating: 2
True, but this way the author gets more hits.


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