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MacBook security flaw

Date: October 05, 2006
By: Charles Jade

Another chapter has been written in the saga of the alleged security flaw in MacBooks, the one that supposedly allowed for a hacker to take control of a MacBook on a wireless network. Unfortunately, the latest drama is hardly the climax that was expected.

David Maynor and Jon Ellch were supposed to appear at ToorCon, the hacker and security professional conference in San Diego, to reveal the details of the supposed security flaw supposedly revealed at the Black Hat hacker conference. Since August, allegations had been fast and furious between detractors and supporters of the two hackers. John Gruber of Daring Fireball played the part of Mac nerd inquisitor, while George Ou of ZDNet acted out the role of conspiracy theorist, blaming Apple and bloggers like Gruber. ToorCon was to be the moment of truth for both sides.

At ToorCon, David Maynor was scheduled to appear with his associate Jon Ellch, but Maynor withdrew at the behest of his employer shortly before the conference was to begin. Brian Krebs of the Washington Post, who originally reported the story using the sensationalist "Hijacking a Macbook in 60 Seconds or Less" title, was there to report on the lack of anything to report. Instead, Jon Ellch ranted for about five minutes.
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