Apple's Reputation Hit By Java Flaw
Java Flaw Impacts Reputation Management Plan
Apple's reputation management plan took a hit after the company admitted on Tuesday that it suffered a cyber attack similar to the one recently carried out against Facebook.
Apple, the manufacturer of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers said it is working with relevant law enforcement agencies to find the hackers.
"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.
The malicious software, or malware, took advantage of a vulnerability in a Java program used as a 'plug-in' for web-browsing programs. Software owned by Oracle, Java is installed on millions of devices around the world.
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A "small number" of computer systems at Apple were infected but they were isolated from the main network, according to the Silicon Valley company.
"There is no evidence that any data left Apple," a reputation management spokesperson for Apple said.
Apple released an operating system update that disables Java software that has not been used for 35 days or longer, as well as a tool for finding and removing the malware.
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Word of hackers targeting Apple's reputation management plan came just days after leading social network Facebook said it was "targeted in a sophisticated attack" last month, but that it found no evidence any user data was compromised.
In his State of the Union address last week, US President Barack Obama said the potential ability of outsiders to sabotage critical US infrastructure was a major concern.
"We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy," he said.