Howard Schmidt, a former White House cybersecurity adviser and former chief security officer at eBay and Microsoft, likens this behavior to a form of extortion: Researchers who publish before going to the company with their findings put publicity ahead of the IT community's security. The reality of today's threat environment is that no system is safe, Schmidt says. "The bad guys don't care what platform you're running--they want to get into your system."
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A Club Apple Wants Out Of
Windows users most likely yawned at last week's warning that Apple's Safari Web browser contains a critical vulnerability that exposes Mac users to attacks using malicious Zip files with virus-laden payloads. Subsequent reports of an exploit that makes it possible to take advantage of this latest Mac OS X flaw surely elicited no sympathy from long-suffering Internet Explorer devotees.