According to a security researcher who walked away with a cool 10000 dollars after hacking a MacBook Air in less than 2 minutes, he chose the Apple Inc operating system for a simple reason, it was easy.
Charlie Miller, works as an analyst at Independent Security Evaluators and stated “It was the easiest one of the three.”
He won the first place prize at the “PWN to OWN” hacker challenge at CanSecWest, winning the computer that he hacked, as well as the cool 10 grand.
All of the updated security patches had been installed on the MacBook, which was loaded with the current version of Mac OS X. The other 2 computers that were up for grabs were the Sony Vaio VGN-TZ37CN, and the Fujitsu U810 notebook.
“We sat down about three weeks ago and decided we wanted to throw our hats into the ring,” said Miller, referring to himself and ISE colleagues. “It took us a couple of days to find something, then the rest of the week to work up an exploit and test it.
“It took us maybe a week altogether,” Miller said.