Here are the results of the challenge launched by the Unversity of Wisconsin to test OS X against hacking. The testing period is now closed.

Posted on the site:

  • The response has been very strong, and the test has illustrated its point.
  • Traffic to the host spiked at over 30 Mbps.
  • Most of the traffic, aside from casual web visitors, was web exploit scripts, ssh dictionary attacks, and scanning tools such as Nessus.
  • The machine was under intermittent DoS attack. During the two brief periods of denial of service, the host remained up.
  • The test machine was a Mac mini (PowerPC) running Mac OS X 10.4.5 with Update 2006-001, had two local accounts, and had ssh and http open with their default configurations.
  • There were no successful access attempts of any kind, including during the 38 hour duration of the test period, nor have their been any claims of success. The host is still the same host and configuration used for the test.

Several hacking attempts were made including social engineering from one purporting to be from the government of Sweden, which apparently uses GMail. ;-)

Read the full test result here.

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