Hackers can get into Macs with sneaky tricks, Crowdstrike experts say

CNET | 3/7/2019 | Laura Hautala
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It's long been legend that Macs are harder to hack than other computers. Not only are they said to be more secure, but fewer people use them, so hackers have less incentive to break in.

Cybersecurity company Crowdstrike is happy to bust that myth. At the RSA Conference on Thursday, CEO George Kurtz and CTO Dmitri Alperovitch detailed hacking techniques they've seen used to do a host of bad things on Apple-built computers.

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Attackers can trick Mac users into downloading malicious software and then get deep access into the computer, the Crowdstrike executives said. They also have tools to loot the system's keychain for more passwords and build backdoors into the machines, allowing hackers to have repeated access.

"They have interesting tradecraft on Macs," Alperovitch said of the hackers.

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The Crowdstrike presentation comes in the wake of a flaw found in Apple's Facetime app that could have let hackers listen in on unwitting iPhone users, as well as a vulnerability in the keychain, which stores the passwords of apps connected to a Mac. Taken together, these flaws mean Mac users should take steps to keep their computers secure instead of relying on Apple's reputation for security to keep them safe.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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