Apple targeted by Java zero-day bug [UPDATE]

Feb 19, 2013
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Last week, Facebook was attacked by a zero-day Java exploit. While the social network said that no personal data was stolen, it's never too comforting when companies and services get hacked. This week, however, Apple was the target this time around, saying that a "small number" Mac computers have been infected.

Apple has confirmed the news to Reuters and say that they're currently working with authorities to investigate the attacks, but luckily the Cupertino-based company says that “there was no evidence that any data left Apple." Apple also plans to release a tool later today that will protect Mac users against the software used in the attacks.

UPDATE: Apple has released a new version of Java meant to plug up the vulnerability. It's available now on Apple's support page or through the Software Update tool on OS X.

However, the exploit was said to be spread from a website for software developers, so it seems regular consumers are okay at this point. Apple ended up identifying a small number of systems that were infected, but isolated them immediately to prevent further spreading of the bug. Since newer Macs ship without Java installed, most users shouldn't worry, but the removal tool should provide a sense of ease anyway,

Similar attacks also targeted The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Twitter just recently. All companies affected said that no critical information was stolen, but of course, that didn't make the situation much better. Twitter says that 250,000 accounts were hacked, resulting in conscience users to change their passwords right away.


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