Microsoft joins list of recently hacked companies

The software giant said it was hit with a similar hack to that used against Facebook and Apple

Microsoft has disclosed that it recently fell victim to the same type of cyberattack that targeted Apple and Facebook.

"During our investigation, we found a small number of computers, including some in our Mac business unit, that were infected by malicious software using techniques similar to those documented by other organizations," the company said on its Security Response Center website Friday.

"We have no evidence of customer data being affected and our investigation is ongoing," it said.

Microsoft joins a list of companies that've recently reported being hacked, including Facebook, Apple, Twitter, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Apple and Facebook were both targeted via a vulnerability in Oracle's Java platform, and Microsoft said Friday it was hit by a similar attack.

"This type of cyberattack is no surprise to Microsoft and other companies that must grapple with determined and persistent adversaries," it said.

The Times, the Journal and Apple each pointed at China as the source of the attacks. Twitter didn't say where it thought the attacks originated but urged 250,000 of its users to change their passwords.

China has denied involvement in the attacks.

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow James on Twitter at @jniccolai. James's e-mail address is

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And none of these were running OpenVMS I'm sure

We still run that great OS and have never been hacked in more than 20 years - it is an OS designed right from the beginning

No such thing as a buffer over-run, it's simply impossible on OpenVMS the way memory allocation is done

Instead these companies put up with patch after patch after patch!

Windows, linux can never be made secure, it's simply not in their original design

At Defcon 5 many years ago, OpenVMS was the only OS unhacked, everything else fell. "Cool and unhackable" was the title given to OpenVMS, sadly it was asked not to return!

If you want to keep getting hacked then keep with the OS's that by their original core design cannot allocate memory without a buffer over-run or look at OpenVMS and see what it can do for you - it's still the standard by which clusters are measured

The only thing going against it is HP doesn't sem to want to say much about it - because once they sell it they don't get any repeat business from support licences because it's so dam stable

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