Facebook hacked, Feb. 16, 2013, Reuters reported the huge story that hackers gained access to Facebook workers laptop's when they were viewing a secure website on their computer. This is another extravagant attack, by what is believed to be the same hackers based out of China that have targeted Twitter, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal in recent weeks.
All Facebook users can rest easy tonight since Facebook stated that none of its users data was stolen in the hack. The attack occurred when Facebook employees notice possible malware had infected their computers after viewing a third party website. This was stated on Facebook's blog a day before the extended President's Day weekend starts.
Facebook's official blog expanded further on what they did when the hack was detected:
As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we re mediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day.
Facebook said it spotted a suspicious file and traced it back to an employee's laptop. After conducting a forensic examination of the laptop, Facebook said it identified a malicious file, then searched company-wide and identified "several other compromised employee laptops."
Facebook's blog described the hack as a "zero-day" attack. A zero-day attack is considered to be one of the most sophisticated and dangerous hacks out there. The zero day-attacks are kept quiet, out of the media, and rarely disclosed by their targets. These attacks are extremely expensive to launch and have often shown to have government involvement.
This latest attack continues the long streak that has been happening the past few months. Users will not have to live in fear of where the next attack will happen and if their personal data will be compromised. All companies that have been victimized by the attacks are investigating with the federal authorities and tightening down with increased security measures to prevent any other deadly attacks.