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Posted: February 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cult of Apple, Hack! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on APPLE HACKED

APPLE HACKEDThe consumer electronics and technology behemoth that is Apple, has confirmed that it’s the latest victim of a malicious hack attack.

However, the tech-giant says the invaders malware was repelled before any data was able to be plundered. Apple says a “small number” of its computer systems were infected, but they were isolated from it’s main network.

Apple is working with law enforcement to hunt down the hackers, who appear to be tied to a series of recent cyber attacks on US companies.

The malicious software, or malware, took advantage of a vulnerability in a Java program used as a “plug-in” for web-browsing programs ::::

“The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers,” Apple said via email. Apple says a “small number” of its computer systems were infected, but they were isolated from the main network of the Silicon Valley-based company.

“There is no evidence that any data left Apple.” Apple said via email.

Apple has released an operating system update which disables Java software that has not been used for 35 days or longer.

The company also released a tool for finding and removing the malware. The news of hackers hitting Apple came just days after Facebook said it was “targeted in a sophisticated attack” last month, but that it found no evidence any user data was compromised.

Facebook said late last week the malware came from an infected website of a mobile developer.

It was unclear whether it was the same website blamed for the attack on Apple.

Early this month Twitter said it was hammered by a cyber attack similar to those that recently hit major Western news outlets, and that the passwords of about 250,000 users were stolen.

“This attack was not the work of amateurs, and we do not believe it was an isolated incident,” Twitter information security director Bob Lord said in a blog post at the time.

Mr Lord said there was an “uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at US technology and media companies.”

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal recently said they had been attacked by suspected Chinese hackers.

The brazen cyberattacks on US media and technology firms have revived concerns over Chinese hackers, whom analysts say are likely linked to the secretive Beijing government.

China’s army controls hundreds if not thousands of expert hackers, according to a report by a US Internet security firm that traced a host of cyber attacks to an anonymous building in Shanghai.

Mandiant said its hundreds of investigations showed groups hacking into US newspapers, government agencies, and companies “are based primarily in China and that the Chinese government is aware of them”.


source: afp

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