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13 million Mac users hit by data breach

13 million Mac users hit by data breach
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If you're one of the millions of Mac users who is coming to the slow realization that Apple devices aren't much safer than any other digital device, you'll want to hear this. A major breach has occurred on a software program designed to protect you against malware and viruses, and optimize how well your Mac works.

We've told you before about hackers exploiting security gaps in the MacKeeper software. It's a buggy system and, in fact, many users have gone online to warn other Mac users not to download it, saying it's difficult to uninstall, among other problems.

Note: MacKeeper is a German company called Kromtech with a New Orleans office. It says it strives to protect Macs, and provide a human touch with its Mac-focused customer service.

A cybersecurity hobbyist found that 13 million MacKeeper customers' user names, passwords and other information were vulnerable to hacks. This cybersecurity researcher was able to find MacKeeper vulnerabilities in just minutes.

He tapped into the Web browser Shodan, which indexes just about every device that connects to the Internet. He searched for databases that don't require authentication to get in. He found four Kromtech sites.

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