Apple is reporting being attacked by hackers
the attack affected a small number of Apple corporate computers
after a hacker crafted a sophisticated attack which took advantage of an exploit in the java browser plugin after the exploit was successful the attacker was able to install malware on the affected computers the attack was started when the affected system visited a compromised website hosting the exploit
Apples statement to www.pcmag.com
“Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers,” Apple said in a statement to PCMag.com. “The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers.”
A “small number” of Apple employees’ Mac computers were breached, though “there was no evidence that any data left Apple,” the company said. Upon discovering the intrusion, Apple isolated the infected computers from its network and began working with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.
Apple said it will release a software tool on Tuesday to protect Mac users against the malware leveraged by attackers.
“Since OS X Lion, Macs have shipped without Java installed, and as an added security measure OS X automatically disables Java if it has been unused for 35 days,” the company said. “To protect Mac users that have installed Java, today we are releasing an updated Java malware removal tool that will check Mac systems and remove this malware if found.”
apple has since released a software update to fix this vulnerability in the operating system you can find the update in the software center
or you can find it by following this link
This attacks comes shortly after similar attacks against facebook
This is just another reminder that regardless of operating system
all systems are not 100% safe from internet threats and we all should do our part to be security cautious
As always stay secure !