Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Mar 2008 20:39 UTC, submitted by irbis
Privacy, Security, Encryption "An Apple Mac was the first victim in a hacker shoot-out to determine which operating system is the most secure. A former US National Security Agency employee has trousered USD 10000 for breaking into a MacBook Air at CanSecWest security conference's PWN 2 OWN hacking contest. The MacBook was lined up against Linux and Vista PCs - which have so far remained uncracked. Nobody was able to hack into the systems on the first day of the contest when contestants were only allowed to attack the computers over the network, but yesterday the rules were relaxed so that attackers could direct contest organisers using the computers to do things like visit websites or open email messages. The MacBook was the only system to be hacked by Thursday. Miller didn't need much time. He quickly directed the contest's organisers to visit a website that contained his exploit code, which then allowed him to seize control of the computer, as about 20 onlookers cheered him on. He was the first contestant to attempt an attack on any of the systems." There is more bad news for Apple: "If you have Apple and compare it to Microsoft, the number of unpatched vulnerabilities are higher at Apple." Update: The contest is over. Vista got hacked using Adobe's Flash, Ubuntu was left standing.
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Rules of the game
by pxa270 on Fri 28th Mar 2008 21:35 UTC
pxa270
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2006-01-08

Here's a nice summary of the rules of the game in the Arstechnica forums:
http://tinyurl.com/26spyy

The important part (and most damning for Safari/OS X) is that each of the three machines had their own $10,000 cash prize, and the attacks on the Vista and Ubuntu machine continued after the Mac was down, but nobody succeeded in exploiting the other two. Which pretty much silences any objection that somehow the Mac was a more attractive target (well, apart from being easier to crack).

Oh, and if you followed my link, you would have been susceptible to these sorts of attacks ;)

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