Cyberattack Breaches Apple Computers Via Java
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Apple Computers was apparently a victim of the same sophisticated cyberattack that targeted Facebook, Twitter, and three of the largest newspapers in the United States.

The company announced that no data left the company, and only a small number of employee computers were influenced by malware infected through a software developer site — via the Java programming language.


All in the face of the long held belief that cyberattacks were unlikely to be able to take a bite out of the Apple.

The malware in question has been traced to — you guessed it, cyberattack mavens — China, and the malware caused Apple to isolate the affected systems in their internal network. Apple insists that the integrity of their data was not compromised. In the rare admission for the company Steve Jobs used to change the world, Apple also stated that they are working with law enforcement to pinpoint those responsible for the attack.

At the base of the issue is Java’s programming language.  Often criticized for security issues, Java was last month the focus of a rare Homeland Security warning, which advised that the functionality should be disabled—and parent company Oracle immediately issued a patch to address the warning.

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Perhaps of note is the fact that Facebook developers make use of Macintosh equipment to develop the social media site, bringing Apple more into the crosshairs of cyberhackers, data thieves, and computer types who simply don’t want you to post any more pictures of your cat.

Apple is issuing software that will protect its customers from the malware. No word yet on what this has done to its customers’ sense of superiority over Windows users.

Experts reported that a Chinese army unit was responsible for these attacks and has breached hundreds if not thousands of organizations. Reported attacks against US companies have increased from 5,500 in 2006 to 48,500 last year.

 

 

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