Remember the Facebook hack that happened last month? Well, the hackers are still on-going with their work and Apple is the latest known (tech) company to be attacked. According to a report by Reuters, the hackers are from China and things pretty much happened the same way as the Facebook hack – a number of Apple’s employee’ Macs were infected by a hacking scheme.
Apple has already issued a patch to address the issue, which appears to be a Java flaw. The company too, say that no user data were stolen but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so hit that “change password” button and give your Apple login ID a new and unique password.
Here’s a statement Apple issued to Engadget:
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.
Since OS X Lion, Macs have shipped without Java installed and as a 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.