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Apple to hang out with hackers – is the end near?

Once a year for the past 15 years, hackers get together in Las Vegas for the Black Hat conference. They gamble, have a good time but mostly talk about how they hacked – for the most part – Windows computers.

Some major tech companies, eager to see how their software holds up to hackers, show up for the insight. Apple – once considered immune to such malicious activity – was always a no show.

But for the first time ever, Apple is deciding to join the party.

According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino tech giant will give a presentation at the Black Hat conference.

Why would Apple do such a thing? Aren’t Macs (and, by extension, iPhones) immune to viruses? Apparently not.

Just earlier this year, more than 600,000 Mac computers were infected with malicious software, and a scam app was found in the App store, an app that would send fake messages to all your friends.

Even security experts acknowledge that Apple has a long way to go when it comes to secure software.

Apple declined to comment about the Black Hat conference attendance story to Bloomberg.

Regardless, it joins Microsoft at the conference (joined in 1998) and Google (2010) in an effort to get under the skin of hackers – and hear what they have to say about how easy or difficult it is to hack Apple software.

Is Apple taking security seriously?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets




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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.