Apple admits ‘malware attack’ on employees’ Macs

by Kenny Hemphill on February 19, 2013

Apple has admitted that computers used by its staff were infected with malware after visiting a website for software developers.

In a statement provided to The Loop, the company said: ‘Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers. The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers.’

Apple added that a ‘small number’ of its systems were affected and that they were isolated from the network. Reuters reported earlier today that the same malware, which it said was ‘designed to attack Mac computers’, had been used to ‘launch attacks against Facebook.’ Facebook disclosed that attack last week.

Apple pointed out in its statement that the last two versions of OS X have shipped without Java installed and that both Lion and Mountain Lion automatically uninstall Java if it hasn’t been used for 35 days. It also promised to release an updated Java malware removal tool today, which, it said, would check Macs for the malware and remove it if its found.

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