Apple: Hackers Attacked Our Computers, Software Update Coming Tuesday [Update]


Reuters reports Apple has reported some of its Macs were hacked by the same group that targeted Facebook:

Apple Inc computers were attacked by the same hackers who targeted Facebook Inc, but no data appeared to have been stolen, the company said on Tuesday in an unprecedented admission of a widespread cyber-security breach.

Apple stated “there was no evidence that any data left Apple,” and is working with law enforcement officials to track down the hackers. A software update is set to be released tomorrow to protect its Mac users from similar attacks.

Facebook revealed last week the hackers were allegedly traced back to China, with the New York Times recently profiling a Chinese Army Unit tied to cyber attacks against companies and governments in both Canada and the USA.

Daring Fireball notes the attacks were accomplished due to a recent Java exploit.

Update: Apple in a statement to AllThingsD:

“Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plugin for browsers,” the company said in a statement to AllThingsD. “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.”


  • Farids

    That’s the difference between an OS and an exceptional OS: both Windows and Mac based servers/computers can and eventually be hacked. In the case of Windows based networks, the news will say: “company X network was attacked by hackers, all network and 50,000(a few million?!) user accounts and passwords were compromised.” And in the case of Mac: ” a handful of systems were hacked, no information appears to be stolen”. That’s the superiority of a closed, heck, locked OS and ecosystem in general. People may complain they don’t have the ability to add cool new widgets and icons, little utilities and the good looks of the user interface. But at the end all will agree, their data integrity and security is more important than the little tools, gadgets and good/different looks of the springboard/desktop. The complainers will complain, the fans of other platforms will troll against Apple in all the blogs. But while they scramble to save their data, change their passwords and profiles or reload and restore their compromised OS, the owners of OSX and iOS will quietly get the last laugh.

  • Kirk

    Well said!