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Apple joins Facebook in ranks of the recently hacked

Apple says it was the target of a malware attack that exploited vulnerabilities in the Java plug-in for browsers. 

A cyber warfare expert works on his Apple computer in Charlotte, North Carolina, in this 2011 file photograph. Apple was recently attacked by hackers who infected the Macintosh computers of some employees, the company said this week.


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In January, Facebook was the target of a "sophisticated attack," which was reportedly triggered when several employees visited what the company described as a "mobile developer website." Now comes news that Apple was hit in exactly the same fashion. 

"Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers," reps for Apple wrote in a statement obtained by PC Magazine. "The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers."

Apple added that the malware was isolated and contained, and that there was "no evidence that any data left Apple." The Cupertino company is expected to release a tool that will help users protect their machines against similar malware. 

As Reuters notes, historically hackers have focused their energy on PCs, but as Apple has grown in size and market clout, so too has its attractiveness to black hats


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