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Apple promises fix "very soon" for Macs with failed encryption

Published on Feb 23, 2014 6:12 AM
 
View of the famous logo at new Apple store in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Apple Inc said on Saturday it would issue a software update "very soon" to cut off the ability of spies and hackers to grab email, financial information and other sensitive data from Mac computers.

Confirming researchers' findings late Friday that a major security flaw in iPhones and iPads also appears in notebook and desktop machines running Mac OS X, Apple spokesman Trudy Muller told Reuters: "We are aware of this issue and already have a software fix that will be released very soon."

Apple released a fix on Friday afternoon for the mobile devices running iOS, and most will update automatically. Once that fix came out, experts dissected it and saw the same fundamental issue in the operating system for Apple's mainstream computers.

That started a race, as intelligence agencies and criminals will try to write programs that take advantage of the flaw on Macs before Apple pushes out the fix for them.

 
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