TMCNet:  Apple targeted

[February 20, 2013]

Apple targeted

(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Apple has revealed that it was targeted by hackers exploiting the same software that was used to launch a recent attack on Facebook.

The company said unknown hackers infected the machines of some Apple workers when they visited a website for developers that had been infected with malicious software designed to attack Mac computers, according to Reuters.

It added: "Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers." The same software was used to launch attacks against Facebook, which it disclosed on Friday. Twitter was hacked on 1 February in the same campaign, Reuters was told by a person close to the investigation.

A Finnish cyber security firm, F-Secure, said the attackers may have been trying to get access to the code for apps on smartphones, seeking a way to infect millions of end-users, and urged developers to check their source codes.

(c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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