Over the last few months, 40 known companies have been identified as victims of cyberattacks. As more details are being revealed, it turns out that these attacks are not only targeted at tech companies such as Apple or Twitter but other industries as well, including prominent car manufacturers, US government agencies and a candy company. However, the affected companies have not been named.
It is still not clear if these attacks are mounted by the same group of hackers or are isolated incidents. Most affected companies believed that hackers exploit a vulnerability in a Java plug-in. Companies like Mozilla had turned off Java by default in its browser to prevent the exploit.