Let’s consider a hypothetical question. Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that the Chinese military is actually behind the security breaches that have affected U. S. sites from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal to military contractors. What should our response be?
Apparently, the same group of hackers has hacked Apple:
Apple acknowledged Tuesday that hackers had infiltrated a small number of the company’s computers.
No user information was compromised in the attack, according to the tech giant, which said it had fallen victim to the same hackers that targeted Facebook last month.
The malware found its way onto Mac computers through a vulnerability in an Internet browser plug-in developed for Oracle’s Java program. Apple said it will release a software patch Tuesday to prevent the problem from spreading.
“The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers,” according to company statement given to The Washington Post. “We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network. There is no evidence that any data left Apple. We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.”
The company did not specify how many computers had been impacted, when the attack had occurred or what kind of information the hackers were seeking.
Apple has not shipped computers with Java installed since the introduction of OS X Lion (version 10.6), and the company’s computers automatically disable Java in browsers if it has not been used in more than 35 days.
The hackers who attacked Apple have been linked to the same Chinese-based group that infiltrated Facebook’s network in January, according to Reuters, which first reported the Apple attack.
High-profile cyber attacks linked to Chinese hackers have also hit news organizations, including The Washington Post and the New York Times.