Oh Snap! Apple Says It Was Hacked
Apple said today that a small number of its employees’ systems were hacked, but no data was stolen. Hackers have been busy in recent days, with Facebook saying it was a hacking victim on Friday (also targeting employee computers, also without any stolen information), Burger King falling victim to LulzSec on its Twitter account, and computer hackings at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and at Twitter.
Reuters reports that Apple is working with the authorities to find the perpetrators. A software tool will be made available to users to sniff out any malware.
“Security holes in Oracle’s Java have been responsible for a number of the recent attacks. The Department of Homeland Security released a warning about the software in January,” reports CNN.
Mandiant, a security company, also puts the focus squarely on digital activity in China. The Virginia-based company says four networks near Shanghai, including a site near a “secret division of the Chinese military” shows signs of illicit digital activity.
“Making baseless accusations based on premature analysis is irresponsible and unprofessional. China resolutely opposes any form of hacking activities,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said.