Macs at Apple headquarters breached through Java exploit, fix to be issued today

Macs at Apple headquarters breached through Java exploit, fix to be issued today

Apple has said that it has been attacked by hackers. The same group previously targeted Facebook. Computers at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters were attacked, the company said, but no data appears to have been stolen. Speaking to Reuters, Apple said that the intrusion was not widspread:

Apple, which is working with law enforcement to track down the hackers, told Reuters that only a small number of its employees' Macintosh computers were breached, but "there was no evidence that any data left Apple."

In a statement, Apple said that the malware that attacked their computers came through a Java plug-in vulnerability. They will be issuing an updated malware removal tool later today.

Source: Reuters, The Loop

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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background_app says:

Perhaps the hackers should have just clicked on the inevitable make-money-fast link that is bound to show up in these comments soon, rather than attack Apple ;-)

Seriously though, I can see why Apple mobile products made the distinct decision to move away from plug-ins on their mobile devices, a move that was much more controversial back when the iPhone was newer. There are too many security vulnerabilities that are outside of Apple's control. I am glad that the web is slowing moving towards not needing these plug-ins anymore.

Laura Knotek says:

Oracle and Adobe products are junk. Java is such a mess the whole thing should be scrapped already.

ColinWh says:

I *HATE* being the one to ask this, but Joseph, where did you find that wallpaper? It's absolutely fantastic! Can you add a link for it?
Thanks in advance.

Leanna Lofte says:

I'm actually the one who took that photo of the iMac :) The wallpaper is one of the ones that came with my iMac. It's in the "Desktop Pictures" folder when you go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop

SockRolid says:

Java needs to die ASAP.

In the meantime, Safari Preferences -> Security -> un-check "Enable Java."

SockRolid says:

Java is the new Flash. In oh so many ways.

trwrt says:

One way it's not the new Flash is that Java applets were pretty common before I ever heard of Flash.

Fraydog says:

Java was an insecure pile of crap before Flash was.