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Apple Admits Staff Computers Successfully Attacked by Hackers

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Apple has issued a rare statement confirming that some of its staff computers had been compromised by a security hole by outside hackers who apparently were able to exploit a vulnerability in Java plugins used in Mac computers.

The company said a small number of its machines were affected, but added there was "no evidence" of data theft.

In a statement, Apple said that it had "identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers."

It appears that the staff computers were infected by the bug after employees visited an outside computer software website that was also compromised and that then downloaded its virus into the Mac browser.

"We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network. There is no evidence that any data left Apple." the company added.

The company is issuing a software patch for consumers using the same Mac computers and Java platform.

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