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Microsoft experiences security intrusion after Apple, Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO: Tech giant Microsoft admitted on Friday that it had also experienced a security intrusion similar to those suffered by social media site Facebook and technology company Apple earlier this month.

“As reported by Facebook and Apple, Microsoft can confirm that we also recently experienced a similar security intrusion,” said Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Security General Manager Matt Thomlinson in a blog post.

” During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations,” Thomlinson wrote. “We have no evidence of customer data being affected and our investigation is ongoing.”

Thomlinson said “This type of cyberattack is no surprise to Microsoft and other companies that must grapple with determined and persistent adversaries.”

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Apple announced last week it had been hit by malicious software, known as malware, which took advantage of a vulnerability in a Java program used as a plug in for web browsing programs.

A few days earlier Facebook admitted it had been targeted in a similar way through a loophole in Java software created by a mobile developer called Oracle.

Facebook said that the malware infected employee laptops even though they were running up to date antivirus software, and described the attack as “sophisticated”.

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