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Facebook targeted by 'sophisticated' hackers, no user data compromised

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Facebook has revealed that it was targeted by a "sophisticated" hacking attack last month.

Revealing the news in a blog post, the social networking site insisted that it has found no evidence to suggest any user data was compromised.

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The attack occurred when a number of Facebook employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised, leading to malware being installed on their laptops.

The infected machines were fixed as soon as the malicious software was discovered, and the firm is now investigating the incident.

Facebook added: "As part of our ongoing investigation, we are working continuously and closely with our own internal engineering teams, with security teams at other companies, and with law enforcement authorities to learn everything we can about the attack, and how to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about Facebook Graph Search at a Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a launch event



"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.

"We plan to continue collaborating on this incident through an informal working group and other means."

Facebook today responded to privacy concerns over its new Graph Search feature by imposing new restrictions on the information displayed for teenage users.

Earlier this month, the site was hit by a technical glitch that redirected users from third party websites to Facebook.

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