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First Facebook, then Apple, who’s next ?

As you may have heard, last week Facebook was attacked by hackers. They used sophisticated malware to gain access to some of the company’s machines but according to Facebook spokesmen, the intrusion was quickly discovered and the security breach was fixed.

What’s interesting is that the malware was distributed exclusively through mobile devices when some Facebook employees visited a compromised mobile software development website. Also, the attack was discovered by antivirus software so next time you decide to skip installing cyber protection on your smartphone or tablet, think again.

This was not an isolated incident as other companies were also targeted in the attack. Unfortunately, some of them weren’t as prepared to handle the situation as Facebook was and were forced to completely shut down their websites due to full scale DOS (denial of service) attacks. The problem was eventually solved after a Facebook-Oracle collaboration.

This week, as the dust from the attacks was settling, Reuters issued a press release stating that Apple was also attacked by the same hackers. The Cupertino based company reassured its clients that no data was compromised during the attack and that they were doing everything in their power to prevent such mishaps in the future.
These attacks put us on our guard also. You know how it is, you can never be too sure when it comes to software development services, Facebook applications for business and mobile applications. All it takes is one chink in your armor and you are completely exposed. The prospect of a security breach is the stuff that nightmares are made from so we are doing everything we can and more to keep our clients and our software development environment safe.

As it turns out, the cyberattacks targeting Facebook and Apple were coming from a single building in Shanghai used by the military forces. Unfortunately, this makes me relieved and worried at the same time. Don’t hesitate to share your opinions on the matter, below.