DURHAM, N.C. — Taiwan semiconductors makers and makers of chips that make them are concerned the Chinese government is behind cyberattacks on them and are calling for U.S. assistance.
The companies have been targeted by hackers who stole sensitive information from their semiconductor factories.
In some cases, the companies have received death threats and other cyberthreats.
China, a big U.N. supplier of semiconducting equipment, has denied involvement in the attacks.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview Tuesday that she was worried about the security of the Taiwan semicubases and their manufacturers.
Taipei has been the focus of the cyberattack.
Taiwanese President Ts’ai Ing – Wen and her defense minister are traveling to China to meet with leaders of the country.
China said on Tuesday that it is concerned about the “serious” cyberattacks.
China’s Foreign Ministry said it has called on the United States and other countries to investigate the attacks and “examine the root cause” of the attacks, Xinhua reported.
Taijuan, Taiwan’s largest manufacturing company, said in a statement that the company is “extremely concerned” about the recent cyberattacks and has requested the U.K. and other European countries “to cooperate to ensure the protection of Taiwan’s semiconductor industries.”
Taiwan’s manufacturing sector employs about 50,000 people.
Taiyang, a Taiwanese semiconductor company, also said it is “very concerned about” the recent attacks.
The attack has targeted companies such as Kinze and Taiyang Electronics, both of which make components for electronic chips.
Kinze said it “has a wide range of products for semiconductor products, including chips, memory, optical fibers, semiconductor sensors, chips for digital imaging devices, and semiconductor devices and parts for the electronic components of digital computers.”
Kinze, which also makes chips for laptops and smartphones, has a global presence.
Taiyo Electronics said its semiconductor equipment is “under continuous threat” from cyberattacks, but that it has been able to mitigate them by “actively investigating the cyber-attacks, and by working with partners to respond quickly.”
Taiyo has said it plans to invest $100 million to develop “enhanced cybersecurity measures,” including “enhance the ability of the Taiwanese government to investigate cyber-crime and provide cyber security advice to Taiwan’s business sector.”
Taiyang Electronics said it also has suffered a cyberattack that “has affected a wide number of its employees” and that it will “continue to work diligently to defend its semiconductive equipment and employees.”
Taiye, Taiwan�s second-largest semiconductor manufacturer, said it was “extremely” concerned by the attacks but has been “working diligently” to “protect its semicomponents.”
It said it does not “have any specific information to share” on the attack, but it plans “to continue to develop cyber-security measures.”
Taiyuan said in its statement that “we have received a number of reports” from Taiwan, but “do not have any specific data to share.”
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S.-based companies, including Samsung, Apple, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard.
Taiyun has about $50 billion in annual revenue, and it has a large semiconductor plant in Shenzhen.
Taiye said in the statement that it would “work diligently to protect our employees and the semiconductor businesses in Taiwan” and “ensure that our semiconductor customers, including the United Kingdom, can continue to receive high-quality semiconductor and electronic products.”
Taipei said on Monday it has “confirmed the existence of malicious activity” against Taiwan’s electronic semiconductor companies.
The attacks have affected about 40 percent of the businesses in the semiconductor industry, Taiwan officials said.
Taiyon officials have said they do not know who is behind the attacks on the semicompanies.
The government has not yet issued a formal response.
Taioyuan’s semiconducter manufacturing unit has about 30,000 employees.
The Taiyuan government has warned businesses that its cyber defense measures are “urgent” and should be strengthened.
Taiyan President Tsay-Kai Watanabe on Monday said China is “the biggest cybercriminal nation in the world.”
“It has targeted us in the last two weeks,” he said.
“I have asked for the Chinese Communist Party to help us in protecting our business.
It has not done so.
China must come to our aid.”
The attack on Taiwanese semiconducters comes as Taiwan prepares to host the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a $70 billion international fund that has long been viewed as a lifeline for Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific region.
The AIIB has attracted much