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Hackers Hit Apple Supplier Foxconn 193

wiredmikey writes "Protests against Apple and Foxconn due to furor over reports about working conditions have gone digital. A group known as SwaggSec has successfully hacked computers at Foxconn, and posted the stolen data to The Pirate Bay website. News of the hack comes as protesters paid a visit today to Apple stores around the world to deliver petitions demanding the improvement of working conditions at factories run by Apple suppliers in China and other countries. In response to the attack, Foxconn reportedly took down a website that explains the services it offers to some of its partners, including Apple, Cisco and Acer."
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Hackers Hit Apple Supplier Foxconn

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  • Apple and Foxconn (Score:5, Informative)

    by bonch ( 38532 ) * on Thursday February 09, 2012 @07:49PM (#38989957)

    I made this point in the last article [slashdot.org]: Foxconn is the world's largest electronic producer and is outsourced by Dell, HP, Microsoft, Google, Sony, Nintendo and more. Not only is it completely ineffective to hand a signed petitions to some Apple store manager in an attempt to influence the working conditions of an internationally traded public company in China, it also gives a pass to every other computer company who uses Foxconn. Remember that the last article said that Apple was the best about being proactive about labor conditions...so where are the protests against the companies that aren't? Where are the demonstrations against the Chinese government? It's not like Tim Cook can make a phone call and change the entire Chinese business model. There are all kinds of factors at play between the Taiwanese management of Foxconn and the Chinese labor it employs that foreign companies have no power to change.

    On a related note, the NY Times published an interesting article on why the U.S. lost out on iPhone work [nytimes.com]. For most big electronics companies, it's simply not economically viable to manufacture here in the States.

  • Re:Apple and Foxconn (Score:5, Informative)

    by CharlyFoxtrot ( 1607527 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @08:03PM (#38990065)

    "Though he [Labour activist Li Qiang [laptopmag.com]] believes that Apple has done a better job of inspecting its factories than others, Li maintains that the public is right to put more pressure on Tim Cook’s company than its competitors who have the same problems. Because Apple makes the most profit, he reasons, it also bears the most responsibility for fixing a broken system."

    You may do a better job than other, but you've got deeper pockets so prepare to be punished.

    "“Foxconn is not good,” Li told the New York Times. ”But if we compare all industries, electronics, textile, toys, Foxconn is one of the best.”"

    They're not even attacking the right supplier, just the one that's connected with the most high profile name so they can get their mug in the papers.

  • Re:Apple and Foxconn (Score:5, Informative)

    by CharlyFoxtrot ( 1607527 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @08:06PM (#38990097)

    Except Apple are actually doing better than others and are getting punished for it :

    "Labor Activist Li Qiang wants you to know that the iPhone 4 in his pocket is not an endorsement of Apple’s policies, just an acknowledgement that the company is doing a better job of monitoring factory conditions than its peers. The founder of leading advocacy group China Labor Watch (CLW) told us that, though the Cupertino company does more-thorough inspections than competitors, it is responsible for poor working conditions at its suppliers’ factories and needs to invest some of its record-breaking profits in improving them."

    That's dangerous. Why do better if you're going to be taking heat for it anyway ?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 09, 2012 @08:13PM (#38990171)

    They hit Foxconn. Apple has no place in this headline or story.

    FYI Foxconn is a massive company that supplies:

    Acer Inc. (Taiwan)[27]
    Amazon.com (United States)[28]
    Apple Inc. (United States)[29]
    ASRock (Taiwan)[citation needed]
    Asus (Taiwan)[citation needed]
    Barnes & Noble (United States)[citation needed]
    Cisco (United States)[30]
    Dell (United States)[31]
    EVGA Corporation (United States)
    Hewlett-Packard (United States)[32]
    Intel (United States)[33]
    IBM (United States)[citation needed]
    Lenovo (China)[citation needed]
    Microsoft (United States)[34]
    MSI (Taiwan)[citation needed]
    Motorola (United States)[31]
    Netgear (United States)[citation needed]
    Nintendo (Japan)[35]
    Nokia (Finland)[29]
    Panasonic (Japan)[citation needed]
    Samsung (South Korea)[36]
    Sharp (Japan)[citation needed]
    Sony (Japan)[37]
    Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)[38]
    Vizio (USA)

    Complaining to Apple (or any other company on that list), which are all corporations that are basically legally obligated to seek maximum profit, about Foxconn's labor policies, which are fully in compliance with China's labor regulations, is an absolute waste of time. Governments control labor conditions through labor laws and regulations. Apple does not. You would think this is obvious, but I suppose I underestimate the power of "Apple" in headlines drawing pageviews and ad revenue.

  • Re:Apple and Foxconn (Score:5, Informative)

    by fyngyrz ( 762201 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @08:20PM (#38990227) Homepage Journal

    Perhaps if you took a little time and learned how slashdot actually functions, the smell of fish would resolve itself as being actually the smell of your own ignorance. Those articles are visible before they are published in several ways, some paid, some not. It's trivial to prepare a response ready to go when an article goes live. If you pay attention. Or, you can wallow in conspiracy theories. Ball's in your court.

  • by sethstorm ( 512897 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @09:40PM (#38990903) Homepage

    Those Foxconn employees chose to work there because, to them, it's much better than working in the alternative business, namely, very dirty and very poor 4th world level farming. If big companies all around started refusing to work with Foxconn, it'd shrink, laying all that people off, back to the farms, to die of diseases they currently don't. So, even if the current situation is currently "bad" (from our perspective), the alternative is worse.

    That's like saying that your slavemaster beats you less than someone else's. You're still a slave, you're still getting beaten, and the only difference is that you get shiny golden shackles, get beaten with precision instruments, or get executed in some van if you think about raising freedom.

    The better idea is to start with good conditions in the first place. Then make sure those good conditions become a common practice. That's how you skip the evils of slavery. What China is figuring out is how to keep the slavery going so that your situation never happens; so far, they've been successful at making sure economic development doesn't result in freedoms for those that are not businesses. The totalitarian model that China gives freedom for businesses, but none for workers - for giving workers the requisite freedom would threaten business efficiency.

  • by Macgrrl ( 762836 ) on Thursday February 09, 2012 @10:57PM (#38991425)

    To be fair, the Apple bashing trend isn't new. I remember the early '90s as a time of spirited Apple bashing. It was a fairly well established meme even then.

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