Apple computers hacked

Attackers used Java vulnerability to target machines

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Apple computers hacked Apple has revealed that some of its computers were hacked through a Java vulnerability. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  February 20, 2013

Apple has revealed that its computers were attacked by the same cyber-criminals, based in China, that attacked social networking site Facebook, according to the BBC.

"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. We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network. There is no evidence that any data left Apple. We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware," said Apple in a statement.

The gadget giant has said that there was no sign of data theft from the small number of its machines that were affected by the attack and has releases a patch update to protect customers' machines from the malware attack.

"Since OS X Lion, Macs have shipped without Java installed, and as an added security measure OS X automatically disables Java if it has been unused for 35 days," Apple said in a statement. "To protect Mac users that have installed Java, today we are releasing an updated Java malware removal tool that will check Mac systems and remove this malware if found."

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