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Friday, February 22, 2013

Add Microsoft to list of hacked companies

Security software companies must be smiling ear to ear as they read the news briefs coming off the transom. Microsoft said today that an undetermined number of computers in its  Mac software business unit got infected with malware. The company said the number of infected PCs was small but that there was no indication customer data had been compromised.

 Welcome to the new normal. The escalating number of reported attacks was underscored by a recent report on malware put together by McAfee which reported that the number of Trojans created to steal passwords rose about 72 percent in the last quarter.

 Last week Apple said that an unknown number of Macs had been compromised, but that "there was no evidence any data left Apple." The malware was tied back to a site targeting iPhone developers. Employee computers for Facebook and most likely dozens of other companies were also breached.
The incidents occurred roughly around the same time that The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post disclosed that outsiders had also targeted their employees' computers.

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