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Facebook targeted by 'sophisticated' hackers

  • Facebook revealed on Friday it was the target of a "sophisticated attack" by hackers last month, adding that no user data had been compromised.

    The US-based social network said: "The attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised."

    Malware was downloaded on to its employees' laptops, Facebook said, adding: "As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day."

    More than one billion people use Facebook across the globe.

    The firm went on to say: "It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well. As one of the first companies to discover this malware, we immediately took steps to start sharing details about the infiltration with the other companies and entities that were affected.”

    Earlier this month, Twitter said that the theft of 250,000 users' passwords, as well as usernames, emails and other data, had not been " the work of amateurs".

    In addition, the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal have all accused China of "persistently" hacking into their security systems, allegations that China denies.

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