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An Apple Fanboi Writing Malware For Mac OSX

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At the Dark Reading News Desk at Black Hat Aug. 5, Patrick Wardle, director of research for Synack and Apple fan, spoke to Dark Reading senior editor Sara Peters about his session "Writing Bad @$$ Malware for OS X," why he chose to write exploits for an OS he loves, how he circumvented its best protections, and what Apple has been like to work with on vulnerability disclosure.

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RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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8/19/2015 | 12:51:53 PM
Re: Apple vs Windows
It depends on what your prefer. Yes, in the laptop realm macs will tend to be more expensive but it depends on what you are going for. Windows is the software while Apple is responsible for both the hardware and software even though their hardware is from other 3rd parties. Hence, why many different companies sell windows computers. I go back and forth. I prefer Apple for the aesthetic hardware. But prefer Windows for the OS....Hence why bootcamp is perfect for me...Running Windows OS on Apple hardware. Apples to apples, you are right computers with Windows tend to be less costly but it all comes down to the manufacturing company. For example look at Alienware. Their windows PC's are expensive as well and could defintely compare with Apple pricing.
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saiopen,
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8/19/2015 | 4:30:05 AM
Re: Apple vs Windows
i prefer windows as its good in cost
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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8/18/2015 | 2:30:09 PM
Apple vs Windows
A very good analogy that I've heard used between Mac and Windows in terms of being exploitable and their security posture is that Mac is an unlocked barn in the middle of nowhere, less of a target and therefore less precaution is taken to secure. While Windows is in a high crime, city-esque populated area. All the windows and doors are locked and barred but it is constantly trying to be exploited and therefore new means and methods are being devised to do so. As the video states, it very heavily has to do with size of target. However, this does not mean that mac should be lax in any way shape or form.
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