Apple Employees Hacked By Visiting iPhoneDevSDK

As reported by The New York Times, the software development website responsible for seeding malicious software to Mac computers at Apple, Facebook, and presumably Twitter has been revealed by a person who was involved with the investigation at Facebook.

The compromised site, iPhoneDevSDK, is an online forum designed for software developers. The site is still infected, and visiting it is not recommended.

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At this time, it is unknown if the site had any involvement in the attacks, though it is likely that it was the work of third party hackers given the site's prominent standing as a dedicated community for iPhone developers.

Apple this morning announced that a small number of its employees' computers had been compromised through the Java plug-in vulnerability, an issue that has now been fixed with the Java update and malware removal tool released by Apple this afternoon.

Mac users can determine whether or not they have been affected by the security flaw by installing the Java update, which will notify a user if malware is found. Apple says that the Java update and malware removal tool will "remove the most common variants of malware."

As noted by The Next Web, iPhoneDevSDK is currently in maintenance mode.

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Top Rated Comments

fins831 Avatar
147 months ago
Call me crazy, but this along with the chinese 'supposed' hackings, all while the government is getting ready to make another cyber legislation push....this is all TOO PERFECT.

the timing of everything is so suspect. Maybe I am trying to read between the lines but if they want to take away our rights on the internet, the first thing they have to do is scare us enough to allow us to waive them, raise the white flag.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nagromme Avatar
147 months ago
Just visited the site and nothing happened to me.

Long live President Hu Jintao!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arn Avatar
147 months ago
In other words a 3rd. party place that serves the same function as the iPhone Dev discussions.

Sure but then this is a forum that serves the same functions as apple support forums
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kashsystems Avatar
147 months ago
Folks are gonna get ticked at me but man. Had developers used the dev discussion instead of this place there probably wouldn't be this problem.

Is that site a place for jailbreakers ?

No it is a site where ios developer discuss code, questions about business, and look for developers to work with.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fatalbert Avatar
147 months ago
1. Apple, ban Java from your employees' computers that need to be secure.

2. I'd pay extra for an ISP that has severed all connections to China. Really, just ban them from the Internet. That country is downright nasty. I get connections all the time from it trying to get the admin password from my website, and I've been unsuccessfully brute force attacked over SSH once from China (after that, I changed my SSH port to something non-default). The only good thing about China having advanced tech is that Cables Unlimited can make its probably-illegal HDCP remover to free us from Intel's BS.

This looks really bad for Oracle and Apple, though it's mainly Oracle's fault. I think Apple should release a statement to shove the blame over, which would help with their quest to kill Java (not that I agree with their goals fully).
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Four oF NINE Avatar
147 months ago
And yet again, Java appears to be the weak point, security wise.

What is WRONG with these people? Does anyone there know how to play this game?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)