Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Dec 2015 23:34 UTC
Mac OS X

The makers of MacKeeper - a much-maligned software utility many consider to be little more than scareware that targets Mac users - have acknowledged a breach that exposed the usernames, passwords and other information on more than 13 million customers and, er... Users. Perhaps more interestingly, the guy who found and reported the breach doesn't even own a Mac, and discovered the data trove merely by browsing Shodan - a specialized search engine that looks for and indexes virtually anything that gets connected to the Internet.

The most surprising news here is that apparently at least 13 million Mac users have this piece of scamware installed. You know, it's almost as if Mac users are not the special flower children some people would like us to believe, and are just as susceptible to social engineering and lapses in judgment as anyone else.

Who knew, right?

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RE: Nah...
by tidux on Thu 17th Dec 2015 01:45 UTC in reply to "Nah..."
tidux
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2011-08-13

FreeDOS is actually pretty safe because of the tiny attack surface. It doesn't even have a TCP stack unless you explicitly load one. Write a DOS program with no security holes and you're safe as long as it's running and nobody else has physical access to your machine.

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RE[2]: Nah...
by MrHood on Thu 17th Dec 2015 08:43 in reply to "RE: Nah..."
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2014-12-02

FreeDOS is actually pretty safe because of the tiny attack surface. It doesn't even have a TCP stack unless you explicitly load one. Write a DOS program with no security holes and you're safe as long as it's running and nobody else has physical access to your machine.


For sure! But what kind of utility does it actually have in the modern world for the average user, apart from, say, letting you play old DOS games with high fidelity? I mean, instead of that minitower case on your desktop you could always have a stash of bricks: it's the safest bet by a long measure... ;-)

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