Apple: We Were Hacked!

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) said on Tuesday that a few of its employees’ computers were attacked by the same hackers who earlier targeted Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), according to Reuters. The iPhone maker added that no data appeared to have been stolen and that it was working with law enforcement officials to track down the hackers.

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Only a small number of employees’ Mac computers were breached through a vulnerability in a Java browser plug-in, the company told Reuters, but “there was no evidence that any data left Apple.”

“The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers,” the statement said, according to AllThingsD. “We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network.”

Apple noted that it had been shipping Macs without Java since the release of Mac OS X Lion in October, adding that it had software that disabled Java if it went unused for 35 days. The company also said it would release a software tool later on Tuesday to protect customers against the software used in the attacks.

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On Friday, Facebook said unidentified hackers, presumably in China, had got into its employees’ laptops. The social network also said no user information had been accessed.

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