Mac Attack! Your Apple Computer Can Be Hacked
Apple Macs can be hacked and the hackers can not be detected in any way. Personal Macs, corporate and Governmental Macs can be spied on by a person who is fur away and jeopardize any work done by the computers. Sarah Edwards, a forensic analyst at the SANS Institute who specializes in reviewing computers for evidence of hacks provided that the act is totally horrible because funky and unexplained staffs can be going on in a persons computer without the owner knowing, the computer bug runs deep in the machine which makes it even worse to detect.
All computers have basic input/output system (BIOS), the core program that brings a machine to life. The BIOS should never be tempered with but should be given enough security. When a Mac goes into sleep mode and wakes back up, it allows direct access to the BIOS. It’s a peculiar behaviour that lets someone tamper with the code. That’s what was discovered recently by Pedro Vilaça, a curious independent computer security researcher in Portugal. He revealed this vulnerability publicly in a blog post. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) did not respond to questions about this flaw nor would it say when it plans to release an update to fix it.
Several cybersecurity experts confirmed that this is a real problem, and they plan to research further in the next few weeks. This isn’t an easy hack. An attacker first needs administrative access to a machine. But what this means is that if a Mac gets hacked with a low-level computer virus, it can bury so deep you’ll never find it. It can give hackers more time to plot a massive bank heist or a huge corporate attack, like the Sony Pictures hack.
The average Mac user doesn’t have to worry about this kind of hack, because they are susceptible to cheaper, easier hacks that are easier to spot and fix. So says Katie Moussouris, an executive at HackerOne, which helps companies fix dangerous computer bugs. Tod Beardsley, a security research manager at cybersecurity firm Rapid7, stressed that most Mac users aren’t likely to get hacked because of this bug. He said the flaw is “certainly surprising … but the bar of difficulty is pretty high.”
This is the second major flaw in Apple devices discovered in the last week. Recently, people discovered that you can crash someone’s iPhone simply by sending it a text message. The message which is a specific string of Arabic characters, the text is not a virus but a glitch in the iPhone, the Arabic characters are processed and displayed in alerts.