(The Hosting News) – Amid criticism of its worker conditions at its Chinese-based factories, global electronics manufacturer Foxconn reportedly faced a security breach of its system recently.
Apple news website 9to5mac.com reported that the leak included company usernames and passwords. Even the company’s top employee wasn’t spared, with data revealing login information for Terry Gou, Foxconn’s chief executive officer.
On Twitter, hacking group Swagg Security took responsibility for the operation, leaking access to the compromised data on website Pastebin.
Swagg Security cited “hilarity” as their main reason for carrying out their actions, all while admitting they were “disappointed of the conditions of Foxconn.”
“Foxconn did have an appropriate firewall, but fortunately to our intent, we were able to bypass it almost flawlessly. Of course with funding ourselves we did have our limitations. But with several hacking techniques employed, and a couple of days in time, we were able to dump most of everything of significance,” stated Swagg Security when discussing the matter.
The hackers appear similar to other hacking groups participating in antisec, a hacking movement based partly upon political motivations. Last year, popular hacking organizations including Lulzsec and Anonymous successfully carried out high-profile security breaches on top companies and government branches.
Foxconn has a wide range of global operations, manufacturing products for tech giants including Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Dell, Cisco, Amazon and Intel.
In China, the company has been hit with scathing criticism regarding its treatment of workers with detractors arguing that Foxconn overworks its employees with minimal pay. Criticism has been backed by a number of high-profile suicides by employees at the factory campuses over the past few years.
Apple especially has been noted for its work with Foxconn due to the company’s production of popular tech devices including the iPad.
Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook directly addressed criticism of Foxconn in an email to company employees, defending Apple’s work with the company. “We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern,” Cook stated.
Cook also said Apple routinely inspects the factories of its manufacturers and pointed to “progress and improved conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers.” Globally, Foxconn maintains facilities in continents including Asia, Europe and South America.