600,000 Macs hit by hackers, researcher says
More than 600,000 Apple Mac computers were affected by a hacking attack, a sign that the once rarely targeted company is becoming a bigger focus for people intent on spreading malware, a security-research firm said.
The attack affects computers running Apple's Mac OS X software, according to Russian anti-virus software maker Doctor Web. Most of the infected computers are in the United States and Canada, the firm said in a blog posting. Apple fixed a security hole this week that let the malicious software spread. Users who haven't downloaded the necessary updates are vulnerable, Doctor Web said.
The vulnerability that allows the attack to take place exists in Java, the widely used programming language for building web pages.
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Thompson expected to talk to staff on Tuesday
The company, once a dominant Internet media and search powerhouse which has since seen its growth eclipsed by Google (GOOG) and Facebook, announced this week it would lay off 2,000 people and set in motion a broad restructuring.
The reorganization meeting on Tuesday is likely to focus around the three main businesses that Thompson cited in a memo to staffers on Wednesday: "core media and communications," "platforms" and "data."
French privacy watchdog receives response
Google sent responses to half of the questions asked by France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique about three weeks ago in the form of an 18-page letter and a lengthy annex. It will provide the rest by April 15.
The French data protection watchdog in March asked Google to explain what it will do with user data it collects, how long it will store it and whether it will be linked to the person's real identity, as well as the legal justification for its approach.