In response to the woefully misleading ZDnet article, Mac OS X hacked under 30 minutes, by Munir Kotadia () the academic Mac OS X Security Challenge was launched yesterday morning by The University of Wisconsin’s Dave Schroeder. The ZDNet FUD piece failed to mention that local access was granted to the Mac OS X system and left some readers with the false impression that any Mac OS X machine connected to the Internet can be taken over in just 30 minutes. As Schroeder notes, the Mac OS X “machine was not hacked from the outside just by being on the Internet. It was hacked from within, by someone who was allowed to have a local account on the box. That is a huge distinction.”

So, with a real Mac OS X challenge sitting online, 30 minutes came and went, folks. Long ago. The Mac OS X remains “unhacked” more than 24 hours later.

More info here.

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