On Friday Facebook said that it fell victim in January to a sophisticated international hacking, but has found no evidence that user data was released. Facebook says that “Facebook was not alone in this attack. It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well.”
Both this Facebook breach and Twitter’s recent attack were accomplished using flaws in Java. Facebook said it was attacked when some of its employees visited a compromised site for mobile developers. That is when their computers were infected with data collection and distribution tools.
Their security experts spotted a suspicious file on the company network and traced it back to an employee’s work-issued laptop. Soon they identified a malicious file and identified “several other compromised employee laptops.” If the likes of Facebook can get hacked, I guess this shows us that we all have to be careful.
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