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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by Quag7 on Sat 29th Mar 2008 00:20 UTC
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What percentage of Mac users use Safari rather than something else? Does anyone have an estimate?

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RE: Safari?
by gjames on Sat 29th Mar 2008 01:12 in reply to "Safari?"
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What percentage of Windows users use Internet Explorer rather than something else?

They're probably around the same mark. Although some might argue that the average Mac user is more likely to know about other browsers than the average Windows user.

Meh, clutching at straws. Apple's attitude to security is lax... almost complacent, and Microsoft, while they have a poor record in the past, they have at least learned from it.

Posted from Mac OS X, using Safari.

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RE: Safari?
by google_ninja on Sat 29th Mar 2008 16:53 in reply to "Safari?"
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I remember reading somewhere that it was close to 80%. Don't take my word for it though, cause i don't even remember the source, and it was a long time ago.

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