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Hackers’ leak confirms big changes coming to MacBooks

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A few years ago, I reported a story about the lax online security of one of Apple’s major product assemblers, Quanta.
Passwords for one of Quanta’s databases had leaked online in a PowerPoint presentation, and just about anyone could log in and poke around. It appears the lax security was responsible for several leaks.
At the time, I was incredulous that the product plans for a company as secretive as Apple could so easily be exposed.
Fast forward to today, and a hacker group called REvil has allegedly hacked into Quanta and found plans for some upcoming Apple products. The group already leaked details about two upcoming MacBooks. The hacker group is reportedly demanding that Apple pay a ransom or it will expose more stolen information.
It’s not known if REvil used the same backdoor we reported on back in 2015, but it’s highly suspicious that the new product plans come from the same security-challenged contractor.
I thought Tim Cook was doubling down on secrecy?
– Leander Kahney, EIC

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One more thing ...
“Mac stands for what we are as a company – taking technology that’s out of reach of the people and making it really great. That’s what we did with the Apple II, and that’s what we’re going to do again with Mac. Computers and society are out on a first date in this decade, and for some crazy reason, we’re in the right place at the right time to make that romance blossom.” – Steve Jobs from “The Birth of the Mac,” Rolling Stone, March 1, 1984
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