A new security threat makes it possible to hack a new Mac laptop right out of the box. Wired reports that the exploit targets companies using Apple’s Device Enrollment Program and Mobile Device Management platform to let employees perform their own customized IT setups from a satellite office or home. Researchers discovered a way to install malicious software as soon as a new laptop connects to a wireless network for the first time, before the user even logs in.
The attack would be difficult to launch for all but the most sophisticated attackers, and Apple has already released a patch for its latest operating system. All the same, it’s another reminder that Macs aren’t immune to attacks and that protecting them means making sure your IT department stays on top of patches and other software updates. If you’re worried, contact Xantrion. We can help.