In an unprecedented show of humility, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced today that it has been hacked by the same group responsible for last weeks attacks on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB).
The attack was focused on Apple employees’ laptops, in order to gain access to Apple’s larger servers said a spokesperson from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) minutes ago.
“There was no evidence that any data left Apple.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is already working with law enforcement agencies to find the root of the attack. Speculation suggests that this group is located in China and any efforts to bring the attackers to justice will certainly fail. The attack comes on the heels of a similar attack on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) last week, that in addition to other attacks, prompted President Obama to make mention of the nation’s cyber security in his State of The Union Address.
As Congress has shown little ability to get things done of late, Obama issued an Executive Order to begin reducing the threat of future attacks. “Since the prospects for a bill remain uncertain,” says a senior administration official, “and given the level of risk, the administration is in a position where it has to take some action. The president is determined to protect our nation against cyber threats.”
So, is Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). The company announced it would be releasing a software tool today that will protect users from this malware used in the attacks on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB).
The attack is eerily similar to the Facebook attack which was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as:
“malware was installed on laptops used by Facebook employees when they visited a mobile developer’s web site”.”As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day,” Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) said Friday on its blog.
“We are working continuously and closely with our own internal engineering teams, with security teams at other companies, and with law enforcement authorities to learn everything we can about the attack, and how to prevent similar incidents in the future,” Facebook said.
It looks as though Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will be forced to do the same.