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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RE: Finally...
by sigzero on Fri 28th Mar 2008 22:11 UTC in reply to "Finally..."
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Nobody has said the Mac is invulnerable. The biggest claim is in the virus related arena. As a Mac user, I am glad that the exploit was found. Now it can be fixed. That is good.

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RE[2]: Finally...
by tomcat on Sat 29th Mar 2008 01:11 in reply to "RE: Finally..."
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Nobody has said the Mac is invulnerable.

C'mon, the Mac vs PC commercials imply as much. Mac users live in glass houses, and they really shouldn't be throwing stones.

Edited 2008-03-29 01:15 UTC

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RE[3]: Finally...
by aesiamun on Sun 30th Mar 2008 16:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Finally..."
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Where is it implied that they are vulnerable?

I really would like to see where this is stated.

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