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Apple issues fix for glaring security flaw on Mac computers

Published on Feb 26, 2014 6:00 AM
An Apple logo is seen during Black Friday in San Francisco, California in this file photo from November 29, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Apple Inc has issued fixes for a security flaw in its Macintosh computers that allows hackers to intercept data such as email, patching a major and embarrassing glitch that came to light several days ago.

The security update for users of Apple's OS X computer operating software follows a fix issued for iPhones last week, meaning all Apple device users now have access to the patch.

The flaw allowed attackers with access to a mobile user's network, such as a shared unsecured wireless service offered by a cafe, to see or alter exchanges between the user and protected sites such as Google Inc's Gmail or Facebook.

Governments with access to telecom carrier data could do the same, experts said.

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