25 Sep 06Apple Wireless Controversy Explained.

After George Ou’s posting of Apple’s responses to his questions about the wireless controversy (aka, Security Bitch Watch), Ou followed up in the comments on his blog by claiming that Apple was lying.

Evidently Ou’s sources at SecureWorks claim to have time-stamped data that proves they provided information to Apple – information Apple says they never received.

But Crazy Apple Rumors Site was able to determine the cause of the entire controversy: Mail’s spam filtering.

SecureWorks’ David Maynor sent numerous emails to Apple engineer John Vink which included packet captures, driver disassemblies, crash dumps, exploit code and a humorous MPEG of William Shatner singing “Rocket Man” with the subject line “Funny! ;-)”

Sadly, Vink’s spam filter was set to move messages containing the word “dump” into his spam folder.

“I… was getting some… gross… spam mail,” Vink said. “You don’t want to know.”

Regardless, Vink said, the materials sent by SecureWorks did not indicate any flaws in OS X.

“Yeah, turns out it’s Ubuntu. For some reason they thought we made Ubuntu. I just got off the phone with them. I told them we don’t. They said ‘Oh, really? Because it’s really nice so we just thought it was yours.’ But it’s not. We had a good laugh over it.”

At ToorCon this weekend, SecureWorks is expected to express their desire to stick a lit cigarette into the eyes of Ubuntu enthusiasts.

No Responses to “Apple Wireless Controversy Explained.”

  1. Toast says:

    Primo Posto!!

  2. Tao says:

    Second, time to lit this cigarette…

  3. Brian Ragle says:


    Surely, SecureWorks has realized they are in over their heads. The way to good publicity is not to take on a company with a cult-like following and then skimp out on the evidence. If they had done this with Microsoft and then backed down from actually proving their claims in a similar manner, no one would bat an eye and the world would look side-long at Gates and wonder what the little dweeb was up to THIS time.

  4. Nxxx says:

    I’ve given up smoking, does that include my eyes?

  5. Buthidae says:

    Nxxx, at the risk of sounding facetious, you can get a patch for that.

  6. Ace Deuce says:

    I smoke only when torched by an iFlame.

  7. Carl says:


    It was all a big misunderstanding!

  8. Carl says:

    Heheheh. Phew.

    Serious, someone tell Gruber.

  9. Ventzi says:


    And Carl, there is a ‘q’ among your ‘hahaha’s…
    …is this a part of the misunderstanding?


  10. Bob the wrecker says:

    Oh what a beautiful morning! 10! Tententententententententen! Made my day – my week even! (Someone mentioned i should get a life… Would an iLife do?)

  11. vitamin fortified says:

    13th and it is not even Friday.

    And maybe if the mail had the sbject line Hot Green Orion Babes on Ponies, Apple would have gone to the inbox. Alas, we will never know.

  12. Garrett says:

    I can’t get enough of that word! UBUNTU! UBUNTU! UBUNTUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mmmmmmmm…. Gotta love a Mac Mini PPC that’s dual booting with UBUNTUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!

    Ummm…. Oooops…. Got a little too excited there. 🙁

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  15. J0n says:

    By the way, John Moltz, this means that your September 21st posting’s title, “Apple/SecureWorks Controversy Ends Bizarrely,” was incorrect.

    I think we now have “Security Bitch Watch Episode 2: Apple Strikes Back!” (Or would it be Episode 5?)

  16. Ahnyer Keester says:

    Again with the cigarette-in-the-eye thing!

    I got an MP3 of Shatner singing the Ubuntu Theme song!! The heck is wrong with MY spam filter?

  17. Del says:


    I don’t know if it has been brought to your attention, but Psyko broke the Giga-Post. Could you maybe have Masako swing by and fix the numbering? We’ll have the booze, and hot tub ready for her as well as marathon loaded on all the computers.



  18. Anomynous says:

    Gotta love this statement by Georgie boy:

    I provided one of the most vigorous defenses of Maynor and Ellch and received a ton of heat over it. A blog site dedicated to attacking Brian Krebs was created and one of the more vulgar Mac blogs refers to me as the security b****.



  19. John Moltz says:

    Oh, and he doesn’t even give CARS a link?!


  20. Stitch says:

    Ou: former IT consultant specializing in Servers, Microsoft, Cisco, Switches, Routers, Firewalls, IDS, VPN, Wireless LAN, Security, and IT infrastructure and architecture.

    No Macs, huh?

  21. OMGHAX says:

    Ubuntu is teh haxorz?
    All those who’s their faces better switch back. Maybe.

  22. You guys get better and better with each post. : )

  23. Krabappel's son says:

    “one of the more vulgar Mac blogs refers to me as the security b****.”

    That’s why I like George Ou, his instinctive understanding of, huh, things.

  24. scared monster says:

    Well, I accidentally received all John Vink’s “dump”-filtered mail messages.

    In fact, I can tell you : you don’t want to know.

    And if ever you wanted, I got a PayPal account.

  25. The Highly Esteemed YoYo says:

    Can I just say that I don’t watch any soap operas or anything but this saga beats them all

  26. bucko says:

    Maybe it’s because Vink doesn’t work on wireless stuff. At least not the last time I walked by his office…

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