Hackers: Mac OS at least as vulnerable as Windows

Posted on Saturday, Aug 01 2009 @ 11:12 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Security experts Dai Zovi and Charlie Miller, authors of "The Mac Hacker's Handbook", said at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that there's no magic fairy dust protecting Macs. Attacks on Mac computers are very rare, but security researchers expect that will change as Apple's computers gain marketshare. Zovi said once hackers start to put substantial resources into targeting Macs, they will be at least as vulnerable as Windows machines.
"They are advancing. Our concern is that they are just not advancing as fast as they are gaining market share," said Charlie Miller, co-author of "The Mac Hacker's Handbook."

Still, they said the Mac's operating system will be an easier nut to crack once hackers start to focus on it. That is because it has a lot more code in it than Windows, leaving room for more vulnerabilities and bugs that hackers can exploit, the two experts said.
More info at MSNBC.


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