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First Facebook, then Apple – Companies grapple with Cyber security

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Just a few days after facebook announced a breach in their security, Apple fall victims.

In an unprecedented admission of a widespread cyber-security breach Apple Inc announced on Tuesday that their computers were attacked by the same hackers who targeted Facebook Inc, though no data appeared to have been stolen.

Unknown hackers infected the computers of some Apple workers when they visited a website for software developers that had been infected with malicious software. The malware had been designed to attack Mac computers, the company said in a statement provided to 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.

Last week, Facebook revealed it had been targeted by a “sophisticated attack” involving a “handful” of employees. The company says they have found no evidence user data was compromised.

All this comes barely two weeks after Twitter experienced a similar attack in which over 250,000 user accounts were affected.

Cyber-security attacks have been on the rise. In last week’s State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order seeking better protection of the country’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Over the weekend, cyber-security specialists reported that a secretive Chinese military unit was believed to have orchestrated a series of attacks on U.S. companies, which Beijing has strongly denied.

Apple is working with law enforcement to track down the hackers, said only a small number of Macs were impacted, but they plan to release a software tool to protect consumers from a similar attack.

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