Chinese hackers target Mac users
Once considered the sturdiest and most reliable manufacturer in the PC industry, Apple has been attacked by cyber thieves.
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.
More from Benzinga
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
Like many companies this winter, the fast-food giant blamed a drop in same-store sales on the weather. But could its problems be bigger than a snowbank?
VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Top Stocks provides analysis about the most noteworthy stocks in the market each day, combining some of the best content from around the MSN Money site and the rest of the Web.
Contributors include professional investors and journalists affiliated with MSN Money.
Follow us on Twitter @topstocksmsn.