Apple hit by hackers

February 19, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Apple on Tuesday said it was hit by hackers who wormed their way into the California company’s system but evidently failed to steal any data.

The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers said it is working with law enforcement officials to hunt down the hackers, who appeared tied to a series of recent cyber attacks on U.S. technology firms.

“The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers,” Apple said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

“We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network.”

The malicious software, or malware, took advantage of vulnerability in a Java program used as a “plug-in” for Web browsing programs.

A “small number” of computer systems at Apple were infected but they were isolated from the main network, according the Silicon Valley based company.

“There is no evidence that any data left Apple,” the company said. “We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.”

Apple took the added steps of releasing a Macintosh computer operating system update that disables Java software that hasn’t been used for 35 days or longer and a tool for finding and removing the malware.

You may be interested

Costa Rican entrepreneur launches swimwear line to empower women
Changemakers
108 views
Changemakers
108 views

Costa Rican entrepreneur launches swimwear line to empower women

Elizabeth Lang - May 24, 2018

María Luisa Mendiola is a young Costa Rican woman living in New York who’s all about creating change in everything…

Costa Rica dismantles international drug trafficking ring
Drug trafficking
118 views
Drug trafficking
118 views

Costa Rica dismantles international drug trafficking ring

AFP - May 24, 2018

Costa Rican authorities dismantled an international cocaine trafficking ring that used fishing boats on the country's southern Pacific coast. The…

Costa Rica’s snakebite research pioneers save lives worldwide
Changemakers
210 views
Changemakers
210 views

Costa Rica’s snakebite research pioneers save lives worldwide

Mitzi Stark - May 23, 2018

The Clodomiro Picado Institute is spread along the main road of Dulce Nombre de Coronado, northeast of San José. Its…