No one is safe from hacking these days, and as typically tends to the be the case, the bigger the company, the bigger the target.
Earlier today, Apple informed Reuters that hackers were able to infiltrate a small number of Mac computers on Apple's campus by exploiting a flaw in a Java browser plugin.
Notably, Apple said that the group behind the attack was the same group that recently launched a highly publicized hacking attack on Facebook. In both instances, it appears that the hackers lured employees from both respective companies to click on links which brought them to malware infested pages.
It's worth noting that Apple stressed that no data whatsoever was taken from internal Apple systems. From Reuters:
The same software, which infected Macs by exploiting a flaw in a version of Oracle Corp's Java software used as a plug-in on Web browsers, was used to launch attacks against Facebook, which the social network disclosed on Friday.
The malware was also employed in attacks against Mac computers used by "other companies," Apple said, without elaborating on the scale of the assault.
Twitter, which disclosed that it had been breached February 1 and that hackers might have accessed some information on about 250,000 users, was hit in the same campaign, according to a person close to the investigation.
The malicious site, which formed the centerpiece of the hackers plan, was a website dedicated to iPhone 5 software development.
In a statement provided to All Things D, Apple explained that only a small number of Mas were infected and that they were promptly isolated from the company's network.
And in a statement provided to Jim Darlymple of The Loop, Apple explained:
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. 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.
Late on Tuesday, Apple released an updated version of Java for OS X which addresses the malware. Folks would be well advised to download the update via OS X's software update utility or as a direct download from Apple.
Word of the hack attack against Apple comes on the same day the New York Times published a damning and eye opening article detailing the Chinese Government's ongoing efforts at digital espionage.