IT Law

Cyber-attack on Apple

The technology company Apple has fallen victim to a cyber-attack. Hackers managed to break their way into the company’s computer systems.

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According to Apple’s information, only a small number of employees’ computers have been affected by malicious software planted by the hackers. In the meantime internal efforts to isolate the computers were successful. Apple released a statement saying “there is no indication of any data leaving Apple.”
The hackers used the same technology to perpetrate the cyber-attack as was used in the cyber-attack on the social network Facebook and other companies. The malware was able to infiltrate the computer systems due to a security flaw in Java.

Apple said it plans to release a software update as quickly as possible. Customers will be able to use this software to repair damage caused by the malware.

Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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