Updated: Saturday, 16 February 2013 07:47 | By AFP

Facebook network hit by 'sophisticated' attack

Facebook said Friday its computer system was "targeted in a sophisticated attack" last month, but that it found no evidence any user data was compromised.


Facebook network hit by 'sophisticated' attack

Facebook network hit by 'sophisticated' attack

The company said in a blog post that malware came from an infected website from a mobile developer and that "we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day."

The attackers used a previously unseen exploit taking advantage of a flaw in Java software made by Oracle, which was alerted to the situation and released a patch the first of February, according to Facebook.

The hackers appeared to be targeting developers and technology firms based on the website they chose to booby-trap with malicious code.

"Facebook was not alone in this attack," the Northern California-based company said.

"It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well."

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