Apple has announced that its own computers were attacked by the same hackers who targeted Facebook.The iPhone-maker said a small number of its machines were affected, but added there was “no evidence” of data theft.
Last week Facebook said it had traced a cyber attack back to China which had infiltrated employees’ laptops.
Apple said it would release a software update to protect customers against the malicious software used in the attack.
In a statement, the firm said: “Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers.”
“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 said it had taken measures to protect users from vulnerabilities in Java, a widely-used programming language that was found to have serious security flaws.
“Since OS X Lion, Macs have shipped without Java installed, and as an added security measure OS X automatically disables Java if it has been unused for 35 days,” the company said.
“To protect Mac users that have installed Java, today we are releasing an updated Java malware removal tool that will check Mac systems and remove this malware if found.”