There was a lot of brouhaha last month over reports that Google had been collecting private data transmitted via unsecured wireless networks on the company’s Street View vehicles. While Google confessed that the company had indeed breached on private information, the company said that the data collection occurred unintentionally and there was a software error in the episode.
Following the breach and the negative publicity that followed, Google has now annouced that the company is hiring leading Internet security firm, Stroz Friedberg to look into the software issues that led to the private data to be collected in the first place.
A report is expected by the end of this week.
Apple has always claimed that their computers are more secure than Microsoft’s. Naysayers have always cringed over such statements calling it a marketing strategy.
However, in a recent interview, the hacking wunderkid of yesteryears, Marc Maiffret, now a security guru has rubbished Apple’s claims saying Apple’s systems have always been more prone to security issues than Microsoft’s. He says,
“Oh yeah. It’s even a little scarier with them because they try to market themselves as more secure than the PC, that you don’t have to worry about viruses, etc. Anytime there’s been a hacking contest, within a few hours someone’s found a new Apple vulnerability. If they were taking it seriously, they wouldn’t claim to be more secure than Microsoft because they are very much not. And the Apple community is pretty ignorant to the risks that are out there as it relates to Apple. The reason we don’t see more attacks out there compared to Microsoft is because their market share isn’t near what Microsoft’s is.”
However Marc has conceded that the Cupertino based company has taken a relook at the security as it has a potential to affect business. A case in point is the recent hiring of Window Snyder who had previously worked on security at Microsoft.
While this is a positive sign, Marc’s arguments are still note-worthy that Microsoft products are more secure than Apple’s at the moment.