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Apple hit by same hackers who took down Facebook

It’s not often that Number One Infinite Loop admits to weaknesses, but today Apple admitted that hackers had breached its employees’ computers.

The hackers are believed to be the same Chinese ones who caused chaos at Facebook late last week when they targeted employees’ laptops.

Apple says the attack it faced is much less severe and only affected a few its employees’ Macintosh computers and that “there was no evidence that any data left Apple.”

The Cupertino-based giant said it would also release an app designed to protect its users from the malware used in the attack.

With attacks on two of the world’s most high-profile companies, based just a few miles from each other in California, it’s hardly surprising that cybersecurity is high on US president Barack Obama’s agenda. In his recent State of the Union address for instance, he issued an executive order seeking better protection of the country’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

Source: Reuters.

Author | Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter
Nur is an enigma with a passion for creating words. He recently entered a love affair with technology and chorizo sausages. He travels a lot -- you catch him, if you can, at a Silicon Cape event every now and again. More