There is right now the moral question of whether Apple should be doing more in their capacity to help raise the working conditions of those at Foxconn, one of Apple’s major manufacturing partners, but this rather sensitive ground is not what we are going to talk about today. Instead, we will look at Foxconn experiencing a security breach after hackers mounted protests over iPhone factory conditions, and this happened after login details of its roster of staff were revealed. Swagg Security, the hacker group behind this security breach, taunted Terry Gou, CEO of Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai Industries, after putting up his username and password alongside a slew of sensitive information on the PirateBay and Pastebin websites.
Protesters want an iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called when released) that does not have a moral shadow hanging over it, and this outcry would probably draw more attention to the working conditions of Foxconn’s factory workers, but on a personal level, I do not think it will alter consumers’ buying patterns when the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are released later this year. Sure, it is plenty of hue and cry at the moment, but come release day for both devices, and you will still see phenomenal sales figures.