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Hackers Take a Big Mac Bite

I've bought six Macs and five of them have been for my kids -- mostly because I don't have to fix them all the time. The only thing that breaks is the hardware. I've never reloaded an OS, installed security software or asked them to reboot the thing. One machine I left running for a year. I forgot it was on! I turned on the monitor, swirled the mouse around, and up came Photoshop! There must have been some kind of special sauce.

Hackers are getting tired of all this fun. It makes them look bad, so now they are getting serious about attacking the Mac.

There have been attacks before, but they've been relatively minor. This time it seems that north of a half million machines were somehow infected by a trojan. It not exactly a billion served but serious nonetheless.

The attack vector, it turns out, was a flaw in Java, which has since been repaired. But of course it is only really repaired if the user updates their Java.

Is the Mac really safer, or do hacker have a soft spot for Steve Jobs' creation?

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/06/2012 at 1:19 PM


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