Apple Suffers Major Security Breach

The same hackers behind an attack on Facebook last week infected an unknown amount of Apple Inc.'s corporate computers.

Apple suffered a major security breach last week when China-linked hackers infiltrated an unknown number of corporate computers. In a short statement given to Reuters' Jim Finkle and Joseph Menn, Apple representatives said that an unknown number of employee Macs had been breached but that "there was no evidence any data left Apple." According to Reuters, Apple was attacked by the same hackers who attacked Facebook, who were later linked to China. There are unconfirmed rumors that the FBI is helping Facebook investigate their own hack.

What could be more alarming to many is there is evidence that the hackers who attacked Apple exploited a security breach in iOS and Mac OS. Apple said they are releasing a patch on Tuesday that will protect customers against the worm used in the attack. On late Monday night, the New York Times] announced that they tracked the source of a recent hacker attack to the People's Liberation Army.

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  • Infosec geek

    It's ironic.  Security pros talk about the need for security to be "baked in" and then fincial managers offshore manufacturing to the lowest cost locale and we end up purchasing from our biggest adversary.  What's wrong with this picture?

  • SocialTIS

    You can argue whether or not this story is sensationalized, but
    what's not up for debate is the fact that the world's most iconic brands are
    susceptible to being hacked. This latest breach demonstrates that data security
    is a problem that looms large in today's society, and enterprises must recognize
    they're up against a sophisticated adversary that can penetrate their perimeter
    without difficulty. No longer can companies stick their heads in the sand and
    hope that they don't fall victim. They must ensure they have maximum protection
    around their sensitive assets (databases, intellectual property, etc.). To do
    this effectively involves sophisticated encryption that can also control access
    to data, enabling insiders to see what they need to do their jobs, while still
    keeping the bad guys away from valuable data. 

     

    It's imperative that enterprises get in front of the
    problem and protect what matters. They may not be able to
    stop a breach from happening, but with the right technologies and policies
    in place, they can certainly stop breaches from being successful - on the
    ground, in virtual environments, and in the cloud.

  • Ech Public

    "unknown number of corporate computers" and  “there was no evidence any data left Apple.” How does this qualify as 'Major Security Breach'? Oh must be link bait, God forbid actual reporting and journalism be done. Jackass.

  • Michael Suozzi

    Right on the money my friend.
    Sensationalized BS headlines.......look at the pre-market damage from people who read headines and not details.

  • Michael Suozzi

    Communist idiot commentby an AAPL hater who doesn't realize that; if they tied and failed doing damage w/i-OS; imagine where they are succeeding hacking Android!