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: Here you go!1
by senornoodle on Sat 29th Mar 2008 13:09 UTC in reply to "Here you go!1"
senornoodle
Member since:
2005-07-12

Did you read the part of my post saying I'd have to update my "Mac antivirus and spyware removal software"?
I wasn't being entirely serious, my point being, who cares about a few obscure security holes no one uses when no one exploits them, and even if they did, wouldn't work too well anyway?

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RE[2]: Here you go!1
by WereCatf on Sat 29th Mar 2008 13:42 in reply to "RE: Here you go!1"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I wasn't being entirely serious, my point being, who cares about a few obscure security holes no one uses when no one exploits them, and even if they did, wouldn't work too well anyway?

If you care about files on your computer then you should care about security holes.. Even if the bug didn't allow the attacker to modify any system files, he/she would still be able to read any of your files or delete them. Besides..You don't know if anyone exploits those holes before you are hosed already.

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