Spyware, viruses, & security forum: NEWS - February 18, 2013

by: Carol~ February 18, 2013 7:33 AM PST

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NEWS - February 18, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 2/18/13 7:33 AM

Facebook computers compromised by zero-day Java exploit

Facebook officials said they recently discovered that computers belonging to several of its engineers had been hacked using a zero-day Java attack that installed a collection of previously unseen malware. In an exclusive interview with Ars Technica, company officials said that the attack did not expose customer data, and it was contained to the laptops of a small number of Facebook engineers. But other companies who were affected by the same hacking campaign may not have been so lucky.

Facebook's internal security team worked with a third party to "sinkhole" the attackers' command server, taking over the network traffic coming into it from systems infected by its malware. They discovered traffic coming from several other companies, according to Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan. Facebook notified those companies of the attack, and it has turned the case over to federal law enforcement. An investigation is still ongoing. While some of the affected companies were aware of an ongoing attack, others were unaware of the problem before being notified by Facebook.

Continued : http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/02/facebook-computers-compromised-by-zero-day-java-exploit/

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