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Hackers hit Apple in wake of Facebook attack

Published on Feb 20, 2013 7:07 AM
A cyber warfare expert works on his Apple laptop computer during a portrait session in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Dec 1, 2011. Apple Inc was recently attacked by hackers who infected Macintosh computers of some employees, the company said on Tuesday in an unprecedented disclosure describing the widest known cyber attacks targeting Apple computers used by corporations. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Apple on Tuesday said it suffered a cyber attack similar to the one recently carried out against Facebook, but that it repelled the invaders before its data was plundered.

The maker of iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers said it is working with law enforcement officials to hunt down the hackers, who appeared tied to a series of recent cyber attacks on United States technology firms.

"The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers," Apple said in an email response to an Agence France-Presse inquiry.

The malicious software, or malware, took advantage of a vulnerability in a Java program used as a "plug-in" for Web-browsing programs.

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