Smug Mac User: 1, Hackers: 0
from the just-kidding dept
A few weeks ago, presenters at the Black Hat security conference demonstrated a new WiFi-related vulnerability. The demonstration got a lot of attention, in part, because the attack was demonstrated on a new MacBook Pro. The presenters said the vulnerability was present on other computers, but that they demonstrated it on the Mac laptop because, "...if you watch those 'Get a Mac' commercials enough, it eventually makes you want to stab one of those users in the eye with a lit cigarette or something." Well, the smug Mac user in the commercial may get the last laugh, as the presenters are now admitting that they modified the laptop because the driver the computer comes with isn't actually vulnerable to the attack. This pretty much negates the whole point of the experiment, it would seem, and yet another WiFi scare is shown to be overblown.