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Facebook hacked in ‘sophisticated’ attack.

February 16th 2013.  Find Full Article Here:-

a magnifying glass is posed over a monitor displaying a Facebook page in Munich

Facebook claims it has more than 1bn active users worldwide and has revealed it has been targeted a “sophisticated attack” by hackers who exploited a previously unknown loophole in its computer system.

The internet company insisted that no personal information of users had been compromised by the hacking attack.

It said that malware had infected its computer systems after employees had visited the website of a developer of mobile applications that was “compromised”.

In a blog post, Facebook said it was not the only company to have been attacked in this way.

The California-based company said: “Last month, Facebook security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack.

“Facebook was not alone in this attack. It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well.”

Facebook said that it took immediate action to repair all infected computers once the malware was discovered and added that it had informed law enforcement authorities.

It is the latest in a number of sophisticated hacking attacks on high-profile websites and companies.

Twitter reported earlier this month that 250,000 user details, including usernames, passwords and email addresses, were stolen by hackers. It said it was “not the work of amateurs”.

The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal have all accused China of attacking their computer systems.

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