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MacBook wireless hack possibly much ado about nothing?

Cyrus Farivar

Several weeks ago, we regaled you with the tale of how a pair of hackers, David Maynor and Jon "Johnny Cache" Ellch claimed that they could pwn a MacBook in a minute flat. The dynamic duo then showed the exploit to Brian Krebs, a reporter at The Washington Post and a controversy ensued over the next few weeks as to who had shown exactly what to whom when. The most recent episode involved Apple telling Macworld two days ago that SecureWorks, Maynor's employer, hadn't showed Apple any specific information -- however, on its own, Apple discovered a problem, then released security and wireless patches for PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macs. Meanwhile, SecureWorks has been awfully mum on the issue, refusing to say anything further to Krebs or to the IDG News Service. Glenn Fleishman has a very lengthy blog entry over at Wi-Fi Net News that provides a play-by-play of this whole situation, but points out that Maynor and Ellch are scheduled to speak at Toorcon in San Diego later this month, and concludes by saying that he thinks the pair will show their cards and tell all, which may finally settle this torrid affair.

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