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Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by coolness, Jul 24, 2011.
so happy that i only have a defect windows laptop and a half fucked linux laptop
But macs are like totally hack proof and can't get viruses and stuff. /Mactard
not totally as you can see
Well that's lovely. Have a nice month Mac users
Nah, I'm safe, I've got a Mac which, as we all know, are totally virus proof.
jks. I would never buy a mac. Anyway, time to go to the Apple store and complain to the staff there pretending I have a Mac which got a virus after they told me it would be virus proof.
right, time to notify iFish/Raika/Other Mac Users that a Mac has the potential to explode at hackers will.
RUN AWAY FROM YOUR MAC'S, PEOPLE OF THE EARTH, THIS IS AN AVANCED WARNING. DO NOT IGNORE THIS.
Intresting find i must say, I wonder what else can hackers could control on a Mac
EDIT: so, terrorists could just simply bring a mac to a plane, activate the battery hack and then....
So will it now be illegal to take a MacBook on a plane?
this is great new for the people from AQuada
im sure chucking it in a freezer would negate the heat rise
Al-Qaeda and Hamas found their new terrorist weapon.
And when people call up Mac Support they will deny everything and tell you nothing.
Well, this scares me as I'm reading this on a Macbook.
OMG, thats scary shit!
and there I was gonna get a refurbished Macbook Pro.. lol
Well, I wouldn't think the explosion would be that big, considering how it's just the battery. Perhaps enough to burn your lap, however. Anyways, I don't see this hack lasting long, maybe a few months or so, depending on whether it's the hardware or the software that has to be changed.
Lolololol, enjoy your Macs, now people will intrude into the topic saying "Ha! Linux ftw" -_-
Ba-wut? You have *NO* idea what you're talking about. The explosion is *quite potent*, Lithium is one of the most reactive materials known to man.
I assume that the batteries, as in most cases, are controlled by external circuits. In that case, the virus will be able to control the battery regardless of whether or not the Mac is turned on. On the other hand, I highly doubt that the standard charge on its own will be enough to heat it up to unstable levels, such an event would most likely require charging the laptop.
Apple probably start using "Safe" Lithium-Ion batteries from now on. These have their Lithium compartments lined up with special materials that stop the Lithium oxidation process short, resulting only in a small "puff" of smoke rather than a full-blown chain reaction, rendering the battery useless in the process.
It is a strange attack vector. And they're all shipped with the same password to allow them to upgrade the firmware on the battery, otherwise each and every update to a Macbook would have to be personalised to that very Macbook. I bet the battery in my laptop has a similar "vulnerability".
He never says how he can get into the battery. I am guessing it is from a program on the system, as far as I know there's only really 1 OSX malware wandering the net at the moment and its quite rare. WHat's more it needs some user input to install from what I remember. What might be more worrying is that now actual malware creators will look for this on OTHER models of laptop and see if the same vulnerability exists to try and exploit it. If anything this is just an argument for APple to replace the passwords on ALL the batteries to something else and hide them better in future updates.
Btw ITT: People hate on Macs for no real reason..
The fact that there are very little viruses for Mac's doesn't help - to the contrary, OS X creators are wandering in the dark as far as system security is concerned.
They never had to fight with Malware so they won't quite know where to start. This single, rare malware you are reffering to is ages old, and OS X is still vulnerable to its effects.
As far as battery firmware updates are concerned, that was a retarded idea to begin with. It's a battery for crying out loud, it needs no updates at all. Its circuits should be external with no Write capabilities whatsoever. It should give the battery readout and that's it. You don't generally hook up something that can explode to the net in vain hopes that nobody will attempt to tamper with it.
Yup. It's true, of course I don't hate Macs for no reason, I hate Macs 'cuz I hate Apple (and a few other reasons), and I hate Apple for a multitude of reasons.