Winner Of Pwn2Own Says Macs Are Still Safer Despite The Fact That He Hacked One In Seconds…. Fanbois Jump For Joy

Charlie Miller who won the Pwn2Own contest at CanSecWest this year by cracking a MacBook wide open in seconds sat down for an interview with Tomshardware.com recently. In that interview, he stated the following:

” I’ll leave Linux out of the equation since I know my grandma couldn’t run it. Between Mac and PC, I’d say that Macs are less secure for the reasons we’ve discussed here (lack of anti-exploitation technologies) but are more safe because there simply isn’t much malware out there. For now, I’d still recommend Macs for typical users as the odds of something targeting them are so low that they might go years without seeing any malware, even though if an attacker cared to target them it would be easier for them.

That’s sure to make the fanbois out there really happy. But I would hardly call that a ringing recommendation.

Oh what’s his recommendations about security? I think you might find his comment interesting:

For all OS’s, make sure you keep your system up to date. That’s the best thing you can do. On a PC, I’d recommend running some AV software to help clean up when things go bad. Otherwise, just be smart, pay attention, and hope for the best. It is possible to really lock down your computer (running noscript for example) and make it safer, but in my opinion it’s not worth the trouble and the loss of functionality you experience.

That’s not exactly comforting. But at least you can reduce your chances of getting “pwned.”

I would recommend reading the rest of the interview as it contains a ton of interesting insights.

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