In recent days, there have been several attacks on US corporations. Facebook was recently bitten by a malware attack, and today Apple announced that it also has experienced an attack through malicious code. This was not a hack by some ingenious Chinese hackers. Instead it was a case where a Java vulnerability allowed malicious code to be transferred to some Apple employee’s computers.
As Reuters originally reported, the company says “there was no evidence that any data left Apple,” and no user information is said to have been compromised. The media has a tendency to blow these things out of proportion. The headlines today read “Apple attacked by hackers!!!!!!!” and “Apple admits to being hack!!!!!!”. For the most part this is pure FUD on the part of the media to get clicks and link backs.
There are holes in computer code. No software is invulnerable to some form of hackery, which means even the largest of companies will be subject to a malicious infestation from time to time. The goal every company should have is to not lose any consumer data. Both Apple and Facebook met that goal, yet the media found it necessary to freak everyone out. This is a terrible thing, especially when there are issues on the Internet that we should be worried about. They are crying wolf when there is no wolf. When the big beast does come for us, we might not believe them.
“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 its statement. “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.”
Consumers need only be vigilant, not fearful. Make sure your computers are up to date, and don’t use Java or Flash unless you absolutely need to, and you computer will be safe. If employees at Apple and Facebook continue following these security guidelines, no consumer data will be lost in this manner. The media needs to just calm down and tell the truth. They need to keep the FUD to a minimum.
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