Chinese hackers target Mac users

Once considered the sturdiest and most reliable manufacturer in the PC industry, Apple has been attacked by cyber thieves.

By Benzinga Feb 20, 2013 1:45PM
 Worried Man copyright CorbisBy Louis Bedigian 

Chinese hackers have targeted Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB), but were unsuccessful in their attempts to steal data, according to a Reuters exclusive.


Even so, Apple admitted that a "small number" of its employees' Mac computers were breached. The company plans to respond to the attack by releasing an updated Java malware removal tool.


The Loop has provided additional insight on the hacking, including a statement from Apple:


"Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers," Apple told The Loop. "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.
"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. 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."


While this hack may give Apple a painful black eye, it could be a greater problem for Java's developer, Oracle (ORCL). Java has long been considered one of the weakest development systems available, particularly in the area of security. This attack -- coupled with Apple's eye-opening response -- hint at a rough future for Java and its developer.


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3Comments
Feb 20, 2013 2:12PM
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When China starts selling cheap aapl knockoffs, aapl may be worth 29 to 30 dollars a share?
Feb 20, 2013 2:10PM
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Cyberwar with China.  Looks like aapl has fallen off the tree.  Obama may order no commerce with China.  China will probably rip off aapl and sell cheap aapl knockoffs.
Feb 20, 2013 4:30PM
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This is what happens when you go to China instead of working here in your own country where the majority  of your products are sold.

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