Apple Hacked with Same Attack That Hit Facebook, Will Release Anti-Malware Tool for Infected MacsBy: Josh Wolford - February 19, 2013
Facebook isn’t the only high-profile tech company reporting that hackers have targeted them. This time, it’s Apple.
“Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers. The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers,” said Apple in a statement.
Like Facebook, Apple claims that there is no evidence that any data was compromised.
Apple says that the malware has affected other companies, but would not disclose any more on the topic. Reuters says that someone knowledgable of the investigation says that the attacks hit hundreds of companies, “including defense contractors.”
The malware targeted Mac computers at Apple HQ, as well as the other companies hit.
“This is the first really big attack on Macs,” said Reuters’ source. “Apple has more on its hands than the attack on itself.”
According to Apple, the company will release software some time on Tuesday that they say will allow Mac users to purge the malware used in these attacks. We’ll update when/if Apple releases an official statement and/or the aforementioned software.