The first question most people ask about the Mac, which is about to become the latest product to be hacked, is whether it’s really worth upgrading.
While Apple’s security team is working on a fix for the issue, the company is not expected to address this until after the holiday shopping season.
Apple is aware of the vulnerabilities and has put a halt to the upgrades.
But for many, the fact that a computer hack has occurred shows how easily a hacker could steal information from a computer, according to a report by the cybersecurity firm McAfee.
“I’ve never been able to get any information back, even with the help of the toolkit, so I’m very concerned about the security of my Mac,” a former employee told ABC News.
“A lot of people are going to assume it’s a good thing because Apple is fixing it, but there’s nothing that indicates that,” said McAfee CEO John Mather.
Security researchers have identified the problem in the Mac’s OS X Server software.
“We have confirmed that the OS X version that has been exploited in the current Mac vulnerability is 10.10.8,” Apple said in a statement.
The vulnerabilities in the OS are known as OS X Remote Code Execution vulnerabilities.
These vulnerabilities allow attackers to run malicious code on a Mac computer, including those that run Apple’s Safari web browser.
“Apple’s MacOS security team has already identified the vulnerability, which allows an attacker to gain control of the system, gain full control over the computer, and execute arbitrary code,” Apple stated.
Apple says it has notified the affected companies of the vulnerability and has launched a security update for affected Macs.
Users can check if their Mac is vulnerable by visiting the Macs InfoCenter page.
If you think you may have been the victim of a hack, here are some suggestions:You can check your email for a warning about your Mac.
If you still don’t have an email, try using the Mac Mail app.
If an email is still not arriving, try sending it via a text message.
Try calling Apple Support.
Apple says the number is 1-800-829-4228.
If an employee is not on the line, check with a member of the Mac Support team.
Apple has posted a security bulletin for affected versions of OS X.