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Death threats over Mac OS X 'worm'

Hacker threatened in Apple security shocker

Dave Maynor, a researcher who last year was involved in a very public spat with Apple over a wireless hack demonstration he and a colleague gave at the Black Hat security conference, refused to be drawn into the argument with InfoSec. "I am not even going to comment on that stupidity," Maynor wrote in an email responding to an offer to rebut or comment on InfoSec's allegations.

Prior to this, Maynor was most recently in the news as one of several researchers who found vulnerabilities in the Windows beta of Apple's Safari 3.0 within hours of the browser's release.

Kevin Finisterre, who partnered with LMH for MoAB, said he doubted that InfoSec and LMH were one and the same. "From what I am aware of it's not the same guy," Finisterre said in an email.

"I can certainly say that the underground is always abuzz about mDNS bugs," Finisterre added. "If you have ever looked at the source code you would see it is clearly a large target surface. mDNS is a nasty beast."

Apple has been largely forgotten in the heated back-and-forth between InfoSec on one side, Mac users and other researchers on the other. The only response Apple has offered up on the issue, and alleged unpatched vulnerability, was made by a spokesman Tuesday. "Apple takes security very seriously and has a great track record of addressing potential vulnerabilities before they can affect users," said Anuj Nayar Tuesday.

www.computerworld.com


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