iPhone5 Manufacturing Plant Foxconn Hacked by Hmei7

Still recovering from a 2,000 person riot, the website of one of Apple’s main manufacturing plants in China – Foxconn, has been defaced according to TheHackNews.

Foxconn who manufactures electronic devices for Apple, Dell and HP, has been in the news for alleged questionable labor practices, overbearing security guards, and mistreatment of their workers. A confrontation between a worker and security guard broiled over recently and ended up in a mass riot including about 2000 people.

According to Business Week, “The unrest underscores the social strains of a Chinese export- manufacturing model where thousands of workers, mostly young, work long hours in military-style conditions, sleeping in dormitories and surrounded by security guards.”

The Hacker “Hmei7” called on one site “Indonesia’s Top Defacer” left the following message on a Foxconn site:

“hacked by Hmei7
FOXCONN owned

indonesian people is here

to be secure

your security get down! “

Hmei7 – apparently a lone hacker from Indonesia, has reportedly defaced hundred’s, and possibly thousands of web pages including Government sites. He has been responsible for hacking IBM, Microsoft, AVG and even Siemens websites.

Here is an image that he put up on a Siemens website:

Hmei7 doesn’t seem to do permanent damage to sites, but seems to rather enjoy just defacing them. Earning him the title “Professional Prankster” by the Tuscon Police Department webmaster after he defaced their site in 2007.

Was this a hacktivism attack? Did Hmei7 deface the webpage because of what is going on at Foxconn? No one knows for sure, but the timing is suspect.

2,000 Employees Riot at Apple’s iPhone 5 Factory

(Reuters / Stringer Photo)

All right all you iPhone junkies, I hope you are happy. Your lust for new tech has caused some major problems for the Foxconn plant in China that makes the new iPhone 5. According to Foxnews 2,000(!!) employees apparently fed up with working conditions were involved in a large scale brawl:

“Foxconn Technology Group and police said the cause of the unrest Sunday night was under investigation, but it comes amid a series of violent protests by workers in areas throughout China over grievances about pay and working conditions. Foxconn and police said as many as 2,000 employees were involved and 40 people were reported injured.”

I have seen several reports about harsh working conditions, and bad treatment of workers, especially at this plant. And it looks like things broiled over when a confrontation between a worker and guard became violent.

“Foxconn, some supervisors, and security guards never respect us,” said the employee, who asked not to be identified by name. “We all have this anger toward them and they (the workers) wanted to destroy things to release this anger.”

Apple systems used to be made in the good ‘ol USA, but as the demand for product increased, and as the lust for higher profits kicked in, manufacturing was moved from US plants to China. Where it appears laborer rights are not quite the same as they are here with reports of forced overtime, wage issues and ill treatment of workers.

According to the article workers were being forced to work more than 60 hours per week at one point in what some called a militaristic atmosphere:

“Workers are expected to obey their manager at all times, not to question but simply to what they are told,” Crothall said. “That atmosphere is not conducive to a happy or contented workforce. It’s a very dehumanizing way of treating workers.”

According to a PCWorld article, workers were forced to work up to 80 hours per week leading up to the release of the iPad 3.

Maybe when Chinese workers demand equal pay and rights, American businessmen will return the work to American shores where it is desperately needed. And where workers are treated a lot more humane.