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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Apple Employees' Macs Compromised by Chinese Hackers




A number of Macs owned by Apple employees were compromised by the same China-based hackers that targeted Facebook employees recently, reports All Things D. The malware entered the systems through the Java plug-in, which Apple has blocked recently due to unpatched security vulnerabilities. Reuters was the first to report the disclosure.
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"Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers," the company said in a statement to AllThingsD. "The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers. 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."
Apple will also be releasing a standalone malware removal tool to clean infected machines.

The New York Times published an article yesterday laying out how a number of recent hacking attacks against U.S. corporations could be linked to the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Macs have traditionally been viewed as significantly more secure than Windows machines, though in the past year there have been a number of compromised machines from the Flashback malware and issues with Java.

Article Link: Apple Employees' Macs Compromised by Chinese Hackers
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:31 PM   #3
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What a way to ring in the new lunar new year than to go on a hacking spree.

Samsung to the PLA: "Hi guys, wanna have lunch?"
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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Maybe I should get some spy-ware or antivirus software....

Hmmm I've been doing fine without either on any Mac I've had since 1992.... Maybe I should be worried !
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:34 PM   #5
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Why doesn't the Chinese Government have any meaningful actions to combat this? It was Google several months back, then Facebook, and now Apple.

Unless of course the Chinese Government are the ones that hired the 'hackers' so as to steal intellectual property...
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:36 PM   #6
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Why doesn't the Chinese Government have any meaningful actions to combat this? It was Google several months back, then Facebook, and now Apple.

Unless of course the Chinese Government are the ones that hired the 'hackers' so as to steal intellectual property...
I'm guessing its the latter. China plays by its own rules.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:36 PM   #7
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Interesting, we'll see how this plays out.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:38 PM   #8
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Pointless, really, like the majority of 'cyber hacking' (urgh I hate the term cyber).

To be honest the Chinese citizens hacking skills would be best put to work on their own government, tearing down "The Great Firewall of China".
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:39 PM   #9
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Mac's are unhackable they say. Mac's don't break they say. Windows computers are the only one to get hacked they say.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:40 PM   #10
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Why doesn't the Chinese Government have any meaningful actions to combat this? It was Google several months back, then Facebook, and now Apple.

Unless of course the Chinese Government are the ones that hired the 'hackers' so as to steal intellectual property...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/te...nst-us.html?hp
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:42 PM   #11
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Mac's are unhackable they say. Mac's don't break they say. Windows computers are the only one to get hacked they say.
Is that what they say?
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:42 PM   #12
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This is a funny thread. I guess some site will do anything for hits.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:42 PM   #13
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State sponsored, PLA unit. They've been doing it for 10 years, ask Nortel...
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:43 PM   #14
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PRSI territory in 5, 4, 3,....
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:44 PM   #15
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Mac's are unhackable they say. Mac's don't break they say. Windows computers are the only one to get hacked they say.
There were people who complained that Apple blocked the Java browser plugin. So Oracle, trusted vendor of database software, broke those Macs. Next time Java will be blocked quicker.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:45 PM   #16
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If China wanted to hack foreign companies, surely they would try to hide their IP address?

Seems a bit too obvious.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:45 PM   #17
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Will they be posting pictures of apple's roadmap or the iphone math?
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 12:47 PM   #18
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Easy fix - turn off Java in your browser. I did that months ago, and at least in my case there's been absolutely no impact - Java's just not used that many places on the web.
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This is a funny thread. I guess some site will do anything for hits.
Reuters?

Doing it for hits???

/insert facepalm here.
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Is it true these Apple developers were downloading an Android SDK?
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No data left apple.... Yea right.
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I'm guessing its the latter. China plays by its own rules.
http://www.npr.org/2013/02/19/172373...hinas-military

Not that most countries with the resources to do so don't run similar covert cyber operations.
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it was the iTunes for Windows team. they were all running bootcamp.
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Maybe I should get some spy-ware or antivirus software...
iLOL.

You think this can defend you against a Cyberarmy!?
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