The criminals attacked the Mexican branch of Foxconn over the weekend — 28 and 29 November — of the week during which Americans celebrated their Thanksgiving festival, though they have provided the URL of a proposed Wisconsin factory in their statement about the attack.
Foxconn was set up in Taiwan in 1974 and describes itself as the world's largest electronics manufacturer.
It earned NT$3.5 trillion (A$166.7 billion) in revenue in 2019 and ranked 23rd on the Fortune Global 500 rankings, 25th in the Top 100 Digital Companies, and 143rd in the Forbes ranking of the World’s Best Employers, according to its own website.
Contacted for comment, a spokesperson for Foxconn Technology Group told iTWire: "We can confirm that an information system in the US that supports some of our operations in the Americas was the focus of a cyber security attack on 29 November.
"We are working with technical experts and law enforcement agencies to carry out an investigation to determine the full impact of this illegal action and to identify those responsible and bring them to justice."
The site which has been attacked is the Foxconn CTBG MX facility located in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, according to the website Bleeping Computer.
A screenshot of the announcement of the attack on Foxconn on the dark web. Supplied
The Mexican unit was started in 2005 and Foxconn assembles and ships electronics equipment in this unit to clients in North and South America.
DoppelPaymer has been used in a number of attacks this year, with an attack on on British TV production firm Endemol Shine in December.
Boyce Technologies, a company that used its engineering expertise to develop a ventilator in a month because it was needed in New York, also fell victim to cyber criminals who used DoppelPaymer to attack the company's infrastructure in August.
And Mitsubishi Paper, a company based in Germany, which is a part of Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Paper Mills, was attacked in June.