Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds

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  1. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    probably the best part of this blog.
    interesting. However, its not so much that they can hijack a mac, as they claim they can exploit any machine with a wireless signal. This may be interesting.
     
  3. pianoman thread starter macrumors 68000

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    i laughed at that part, too.

    it will be interesting to see how they do it and what they can do (if successful). and yeah, they claim they can exploit any machine with a wireless signal, but they chose to do it on a mac because of the security features associated with a mac.
     
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    Oddly enough, my Airport card is not on by default. I have to actively select the service in Internet Connect to turn it on/off. Now, if I forget to turn it off after use, then it will start when the computer is turned on, kind of like not locking your doors though. I have no idea how to turn on/off the wifi card in a pc.
    I also noted that Appple came out with a security update yesterday. Does anyone know if that addressed this issue?
     
  5. MS bulldog macrumors regular

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    they chose to do it on a mac because of the annoying "get a mac" advertisements...according to the ars post.


    http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2006/8/2/4856
     
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    Odd, I thought Netstumbler was supposed to do something like this?
     
  7. pianoman thread starter macrumors 68000

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    they wanted to prove to mac owners that their machines aren't 100% threat-proof. my take on the "get a mac" ad comment is that they were trying to be funny. they rely on the assumption that people watching know how secure a mac is and try to disprove that perception.
     
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    Either way it's incredibly rude, and insulting. Not every mac user is a smug, egotistical, rich person. :mad:

    The very thought that they want to stab someone in the eye with a lit cigarette shows what kind of jerk they really are.

    In case of confusion, this post is laced with sarcasm. ;)
     
  9. JBot macrumors 6502

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    hahahahahahahaha.
    All theyre saying is the ad which states macs are invincible are mistleading, and frusturating.
    They want to stab the guy in the commercial. not you dont worry.
    You can unlock your door and leave your room from playing WoW now.
     
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    I really hope your whole statement was meant with sarcasm.
     
  11. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    :D

    You know, I still wonder who the actor is that plays the "cool" kid on the Mac commercials? I'm thinking it's Justin Long but he isn't credited for it. Does anyone know who the kid is playing the Mac on the Mac vs PC?

    Never mind, it IS Justin Long.

    I know the PC dude is the guy that is always coming onto The Daily Show.
     
  12. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Better? :)
     
  13. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Bah.

    Open challenger to hackers and script kiddies: If you can successfully hack my Mac (no physical access, of course), it is yours to keep.
     
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    "I should note here that while the bad guys may or may not have known about these security weaknesses for some time, there is not a single shred of evidence that these flaws have been exploited "in the wild" (as security companies like to say)."
     
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    Post your IP address, please..
     
  16. JBot macrumors 6502

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    If you cant figure it out im sure youre going nowhere fast.
     
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    On most (if not all) laptops, there is a toggle switch that turns it on and off. At least I assume it powers down the card and not just the antenna (on my old 3Com PCMCIA that I used with my old Vaio, the only way to turn it off was taking it out).
     
  18. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    now all we need is that across the nation wireless and these guys can own every macbook. :) . I think apple should use this in their marketing... "Buy the Macbook Pro, that guy in corner of the coffeshop cant take over it..."

    also i want to see this. you know post all the steps, software, yata yata, to... umm... make sure its a real exploit. :)
     
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    Did you happen to miss the Page 1 story on this? The discussion is taking place there now.
     
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