Dutch chipmaker Nexperia hacked by cyber criminals

Nexperia, a chipmaker headquartered in the Netherlands, disclosed on Friday, last week, that it fell victim to a cyberattack orchestrated by malicious actors last month. The company, which is owned by a Chinese entity, stated it was collaborating with external experts to investigate the incident.

“In March 2024, Nexperia became aware of unauthorized access to specific Nexperia IT servers,” the company stated in a release, confirming an earlier report by Dutch broadcaster RTL. “In response, we promptly took measures to disconnect the affected systems from the Internet to contain the breach and implemented comprehensive mitigation strategies.”

Formerly the Standard Products division of chipmaker NXP, Nexperia was spun off in 2016 and acquired by China’s Wingtech in 2018. It specializes in manufacturing basic chips, transistors, and diodes.

Nexperia has initiated an inquiry with the assistance of third-party specialists to ascertain the nature and extent of the breach. Although the company did not disclose any damages or losses resulting from the hack, RTL reported that the cybercriminals had released numerous confidential documents on the dark web and demanded ransom.

According to RTL, the perpetrators claimed to have obtained hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive information, including trade secrets, chip designs, and data pertaining to clients such as Apple, Huawei, and SpaceX.

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