Apple Hit by Hacker Attack Similar to Last Week's at Facebook

Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 01:37 PM

 

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Apple Inc. said some of its internal Mac systems were affected by a malware attack that was directed at multiple companies, adding to the list of businesses disclosing coordinated, high-profile hack attempts.

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

Facebook Inc. said last week that it was subjected to a “sophisticated attack” by hackers who took advantage of weaknesses in a mobile-developer website. Apple said its computers were infected in a similar manner, though it didn’t name Facebook or any other affected companies.

Twitter Inc., the microblogging site with more than 200 million active users, said this month that it detected unauthorized attempts to hack into its systems and that attackers may have obtained access to information for about 250,000 people. It said the perpetrators were “extremely sophisticated.”

The New York Times Co. reported Jan. 30 that its computer network was hacked repeatedly by attackers in China. For four months, the newspaper’s computer systems were infiltrated and Chinese hackers accessed some passwords for its reporters and other employees, the publisher said.

The Wall Street Journal also outlined similar attacks on its systems, while Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, said there have been unsuccessful attempts to infiltrate its network.

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