Apple got hit by hackers, small number of company Macs infringed

by Sana Usman on February 19, 2013

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Last week Facebook was attacked by a group of hackers, and today same group has hit Apple’s computers. Although hackers successfully hacked company’s computers they were not able to steal any data. This information was revealed by Apple itself according to Reuters.

Reuters has been told by Apple that a ‘very small number of employees’ Macintosh were infringed. Apple is currently working with the law enforcing department to trace the hackers. Apple said in this regard, “Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers,”.

The Loop has also published official statements from Apple

“The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers. We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network. There is no evidence that any data left Apple. We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.”

“Since OS X Lion, Macs have shipped without Java installed, and as an added security measure OS X automatically disables Java if it has been unused for 35 days. To protect Mac users that have installed Java, today we are releasing an updated Java malware removal tool that will check Mac systems and remove this malware if found”.

While Apple has not lost any data in this hacking attempt the company has learnt its lesson. Apple has announced that it will release a software tool for all Mac users to protect users from such attacks on computers which has Java installed.

[Reuters]

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