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Dutch chipmaker Nexperia suffers cyberattack

Written by Tue 16 Apr 2024

Dutch chipmaker, Nexperia, reported being hit by a cyberattack last month. The company is currently investigating the incident with third-party experts to understand the nature of the incident.

Nexperia said it took immediate action by disconnecting the affected systems from the internet to contain the incident. The company then implemented ‘extensive mitigation’.

The chipmaker has notified relevant authorities, including the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens) and the police about the incident. Nexperia is providing updates on its investigation to the authorities.

“Together with our external cybersecurity expert FoxIT, Nexperia continues to investigate the full extent and impact of the matter and we are closely monitoring the developments,” said Nexperia.

Nexperia declined to reveal any damage or losses resulting from the cyberattack, citing the ongoing investigation as the reason for withholding further information.

Dutch broadcaster, RTL reported the cybercriminals had stolen hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive material, including trade secrets, chip designs, and numerous folders of customer data from companies like SpaceX, Apple, and Huawei.

RTL said as proof the threat actors have published dozens of these confidential documents on the dark web. The Dutch broadcaster added it has verified these documents.

The former Standard Products division of NXP, Nexperia originated as part of Dutch electronics company, Philips. After spinning off from NXP in 2016, it was later acquired by China’s Wingtech Technology in 2018.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Nexperia operates internationally with more than 15,000 employees across Europe, Asia, and the US. Specialising in basic chips, transistors, and diodes. The company has an annual shipment of more than 100 billion products.

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Written by Tue 16 Apr 2024

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