Hackers use Microsoft XP on a Mac

March 17, 2006
Copies of Microsoft\'s Windows XP operating system

It was only time before someone would have broken the barrier between Apple's Mac and Microsoft XP.

The latest unofficial contest has spurred the latest tech-savvy break, this time by amateur programmers known as "narf2006" and "blanka," who managed to get Microsoft's Windows XP operating system to run on a Mac computer.

The contest was organized by 23-year-old Colin Nederkoorn of the Onmac.net Web site who reported Thursday it had a method of using Microsoft's XP with Mac OS X on the latest Intel Mac computer.

The contest began earlier this year, when Nederkoom, an employee in the shipping industry in Austin, Texas, wanted to find whether it was possible to run Windows on a Mac.

The winners were guaranteed $100, but the pot has collected through donations close to $14,000.

This recent contest is just one of many that have showcased the ease of hackers breaking into complex codes.

Earlier this month the hacker known as "Gwerdna" was the winner of the "rm-my-mac" competition, able to gain the root control of a Mac Mini in 30 minutes.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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