It happened! It finally happened. The Mac has been hacked! "\u015abig deal. As I read Slashdot this week one of the looming headlines proclaimed that the might Mac was hacked. Is this really a big deal? I am a proud Mac fanatic, and I love all things Apple, but what I also am is a realist. The reality is that Macs are fallible. They can be hacked. They can get viruses. They can make you want to use them as a shiny silver hockey puck. I am not really sure where this began, but there is a common belief that the Mac is impenetrable to attack. Who really believes this? My guess is that it's the same people that believe in Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and Santa Clause. Well, I hate to disappoint the blissfully ignorant, but it ain't so. There is no Santa Clause. The esteemed OSX is as flawed as Window, Linux and probably any other operating system in existence. The fa\u0102\u00a7ade has been broken. This does relate to a larger problem in the IT industry. The common thought that security can be bought like a commodity or a can of green beans at the grocery store. I often hear (usually from faculty) that,"\u009d we have a firewall, so we don't need to worry about patches or viruses right?"\u009d I also hear, "you use a Mac because it's more secure than a PC."\u009d Well, if you really believe either of these then I'm guessing that Santa Clause and Bigfoot are coming to your house for dinner as soon as they leave Nessie's pool party. Come on people use common sense. OSX was written by humans for humans, and it is the nature of humans to make mistakes. These mistakes are called vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can be exploited by hackers, viruses, and worms. I can't make it any more simple than that. Security is a process, not a product. It can't be bought, and it must be built. Until the masses learn this we will continue to see eyes open in amazement when they read headline like, "Mac Hacked!"\u009d, "OSX SOS!"\u009d, or "Santa Loses 200 Pounds on The Atkins Diet"\u009d.It is my sincere hope that since the halo has slipped from the Mac's head that we all can get on with our lives. Maybe this has once and for all shattered the misplaced belief that Macs are "secure"\u009d. "\u015aI doubt it, but here's hoping. I suppose that somewhere in the world someone is writing a letter to Santa right now, wishing for a sleek new MacBook dressed all in black"\u015abecause its secure.