Originally Posted by DaveGee
Okay lets be a little adult about this...
The went 'after' Apple because it has the best 'in the wild' track record when it comes to security AND Apple has no quams about boasting that fact.
Going after ANY Microsoft product?!?! Perhaps a project that the 'preschoolers' might find mildly challenging but if you notice nobody gets too much 'street cred' for boasting their latest attack on Microsoft... UNLESS perhaps the OS was just release or 'newly patched' to be 'even more secure!'
Linux is so open its not even worth talking about... It's like bragging you stole a boat load of cash when in fact you simply took a few pennies form the 'need a penny' container at the 7-11.
So yes.. the SUPER SPOTLIGHT is clearly shown on hackers who tackle Apple products and ... rightfully so...
BUT as others have already pointed out... this crap is done EVERY YEAR but these folks and yes somehow another year ticks by without
an significant* virus, worm or trojan making assaults OS X based systems or devices.
* I used 'significant' simply because I couldn't with a 100% certainty say nobody
on a Mac based system was ever attacked or infected by a virus in the past year while running its native OS (OS X and/or iPhone OS) not dual booting or virtual machines running alternate OS... That kinda crap clearly wouldn't count!
I would just like to know why it is that these people are so good at finding these holes, and yet Apple seems so bad at spotting them beforehand? Is it that the people in security at Apple are not looking thoroughly enough?
I know that Apple has a real-world track record that is admirable, but are the people who actually write this software not the least bit shamed by the fact that a couple of people can compromise their system within seconds? I know they just hired a guy that used to work for the NSA. It would appear that Apple is at least trying to make security important, yet these holes are there for these people to exploit in these contests and Apple doesn't have a clue they existed prior?
Why is it that we aren't issued security updates after these contests with literature stating that each one of these holes has been successfully patched and won't be exploited again? I know we just had a Safari update, but I'm not sure if they fixed the holes these people exploited.
I know I'm naive when it comes to the software writing and patching thing. I trust the folks at Apple to have some bright people who prevent this sort of thing from happening. Do those bright people even remotely have egos? Do they not hang their heads in shame knowing that despite their best efforts, their "best" was beaten in five seconds? If they are using websites to get into the Macs that are malicious, why is it that Apple doesn't have a thing in Safari that detects this and stops it from happening in the first place? How do the people at Apple who are supposed to look for these holes (if there are such people) justify that for the last three years, they haven't been successful in staving off the attack?
Maybe Lion will be better. Maybe they see that gaining market share means gaining a target for their users as well. Seeing Apple get its @$$ handed to it every single year is getting flat out depressing when these people are laughing it up that Apple is apparently full of holes.