Microsoft says small number of its computers hacked

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The interior of a Microsoft retail store is seen in San Diego January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY LOGO) - RTR2WJ9J

The interior of a Microsoft retail store is seen in San Diego January 18, 2012.

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Friday a small number of its computers, including some in its Mac software business unit, were infected with malware, but there was no evidence of customer data being affected and it is continuing its investigation.

The world's largest software company said the security intrusion was "similar" to recent ones reported by Apple Inc and Facebook Inc.

The incident, reported on one of the company's public blogs happened "recently", but Microsoft said it chose not to make any statement publicly while it gathered information about the attack.

"This type of cyberattack is no surprise to Microsoft and other companies that must grapple with determined and persistent adversaries," said Matt Thomlinson, general manager of Trustworthy Computing Security at Microsoft, in the company's blog post.

Over the past week or so, both Apple and Facebook said computers used by employees were attacked after visiting a software developer website infected with malicious software.

The attacks come at a time of broader concern about computer security.

Newspaper websites, including those of The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, have been infiltrated recently. Earlier this month U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order seeking better protection of the country's critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

(Reporting By Bill Rigby; Editing by Gary Hill and Andrew Hay)

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Comments (5)
scythe wrote:
microsoft knows who targeted apple macs

they were just being polite and disingenuous, saying they also had malware in their Mac software business unit

it was a ms orifice exploit

if you can’t beat them, infect them

Feb 22, 2013 9:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:
Actually, nearly infinite numbers of Microsoft machines were hacked, but only a few actually owned by MS. Good news is very few Surface machines will be hacked, because the even better news is no one wants to own their cr.., and now they don’t have to. Read an interview with Gates on Ballmer. He listed all of Ballmer’s great achievements, including Bing. That pretty much says it all.

Feb 22, 2013 9:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
assmuncher wrote:
What is today? April 1?
Would have made a great story for that day :)

Feb 22, 2013 10:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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