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Facebook's computer systems 'targeted'

Posted on Feb 16, 03:31PM | IBNS

San Francisco, Feb 16 : Popular social networking site Facebook on Saturday said its computer systems were 'targeted in a sophisticated attack' last month.

The social networking site, however, said it found no evidence that Facebook user data was compromised.

"Last month, Facebook Security discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack. This attack occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised. The compromised website hosted an exploit which then allowed malware to be installed on these employee laptops. The laptops were fully-patched and running up-to-date anti-virus software," Facebook said in a blog post..

"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," it said.

"We have found no evidence that Facebook user data was compromised," the company said.

The social networking site, which has more than one billion users, said it was not 'alone' in this attack.

"Facebook was not alone in this attack. It is clear that others were attacked and infiltrated recently as well," the company said.

Facebook, which celebrated its ninth birthday earlier this month, was launched on Feb 4, 2004. It is owned and operated by Facebook, Inc.

It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.