After high profile hacking jobs hit Twitter, Facebook, the New York Times and, uh, Burger King — Apple came out yesterday to admit it too had become the victim of a cyberattack.
In their statement, the Cupertino-based computing giant confirmed that employee computers were infected with malware picked up from an online forum for software developers. The New York Times reports the site was called "iPhonedevsdk" and that you should absolutely not google that if you do not wish for your MacBook Pro to also be exploited by a security hole in Oracle's Java software. Although Apple decline to identify the source of the bad software, it is said to be the same source of the attack on Facebook earlier this week. Two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg the hackers were most likely based in Eastern Europe and looking for intellectual property they could sell on the black market.
Apple maintains that no data left the company, however, but they have yet to release any further details on the attack, which has some digital security experts fidgeting. As one such expert pointed out to the NYT, the Java exploit only lets hackers get into computer systems at Facebook and Apple — neither company has said what happened once they were inside.
Adding to the cyber-alarmism, there were 48,500 hacking incidents reported by government agencies in 2012 — nine times the number of reports from the nascent days of social media in 2006.
If you're on a Mac, the company released a software update today which hopefully fixes the security hole and you can go about clicking through cat pictures in peace again. In other news: Can we retire the term "cyberattack" yet?