First system compromised by hackers is a Mac
There’s an excellent article yesterday on TidBITS: Apple Becomes First Victim In Hacking Contest. This story indicates several things:
- The Mac is not more secure than Windows Vista or Ubuntu Linux
- One reason why there aren’t more security attacks on the Mac is that hackers aren’t targeting this small community
- Vista did accomplish Microsoft’s goals of being much more secure than Windows XP, though it really suffers in terms of performance and usability
All in all, I really agree with points 2 and 3. (I hope to post my experience with Vista soon). I’m still happy to have a Mac, and I don’t feel less secure today. But the Mac fanboys can stop being so smug.
Comparing security for Mac versus Windows reminds me of the question: Why do people rob banks? Because that’s where the money is.