Apple Hires Veteran Hacker Who "Delayed Windows Vista"
December 7, 2012 1:13 PM
comment(s) - last by
Pickup should boost Apple's recently struggling security efforts
Malware authors, who are finally taking note of the company’s operating system amid rising market share,
have of late victimized
Apple, Inc. (
). Amid struggles with malware -- mostly Trojans (programs that imitate real software or are carried by seemingly innocent webpages and trick users into installation) like
-- the company has been
scrutinized by security firms
who suggest it needs help, and a more proactive stance on plug-in patching.
computer and digital device maker made a key step in the right direction this week, though, hiring Kristin Paget (
formerly Chris Paget
), according to
Ms. Paget seems a natural fit for Apple.
She has said in past interviews that she is a "total Unix head" (OS X is Unix-like) and dislikes Windows. And she's expressed an interest in hardware security. When she left Recursion Ventures, her security firm, in July she expressed a desire to move away from bug-finding.
Thus she may see her talents first applied to Apple's efforts to lock firmware hackers
like George "GeoHot" Hotz
out of Apple's iOS firmware. Since the launch of the iPhone, Apple has been largely
unable to stop such hackers
from defeating its digital rights management scheme (via jailbreaking) and its network locking (via unlocking). Apple has hired hackers in the past (
most notably "Comex"
) to try to shore up its firmware, but the efforts
have oft fizzled
The new recruit, though, could fare better as she brings a long history of eye-opening security exploits. In 2010 at DefCon hacker conference she set up a cell-phone intercepting station, a low-cost homebrew hardware setup that tricked towers into routing calls -- even encrypted ones -- through it, allowing conversations to be snooped on.
Kristin (formerly Chris) Paget led the bug finding hunt that helped dramatically improve the security of Windows Vista. [Image Source: Jean-Philippe Martin]
But Ms. Paget's most prestigious honor was delaying Windows Vista and in the process greatly improving its security. In 2006 she was hired by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to assist with the final development of Vista. According to recent speeches, which she gave after her five-year non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Microsoft expired in 2011; Microsoft had expected a clean bill of health when they brought her onboard.
Instead, she and her team found a wealth of bugs. She recalls, "We prevented a lot of bugs from shipping on Vista. I’m proud of the number of bugs we found and helped get fixed."
The bug hunt was so successful that it forced Microsoft to delay Windows Vista. Ms. Paget and her team received honorary shirts from Microsoft Vice President of Windows Development Brian Valentine that read: “I delayed Windows Vista.”
Windows Vista is widely viewed as a turning point in Microsoft's security history, paving ground for later
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
12/8/2012 10:43:27 AM
If you were getting enough plastic surgery to pass for a dolphin or a plant, I would respect that.
People are always ridiculing mental illness, because they seem to be imaginary diseases. They tell others with depression to "just try to be happy", or those with claustrophobia to "just relax, it's only an elevator".
This Kristin gal must have suffered a long time from the feeling of being trapped in the wrong body. I have no clue how that would feel, yet I'm not ignorant enough to ridicule something just because I don't understand it.
Sex change is a painful, long-winded and expensive process, it should be evident that a person willing to endure that must have had appropriately suffered.
So if they find a way to be happy, why not respect that?
Why the need to be childish with "his/her" jokes?
12/8/2012 2:21:53 PM
What's your big problem? He's a hacker. Hackers love modding. In the end, he modded himself, and then he was a she,
and says, Hey babe, ...
12/10/2012 2:10:03 PM
You're so clever, you should write a book.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
Apple Shuffles Revenue Out of U.S., Pays Only 1.9% in Taxes on Foreign Earnings
November 5, 2012, 11:40 AM
Super-Hacker Comex Gets the Boot From Apple
October 19, 2012, 12:05 PM
Apple to Break Its Vow of Silence on Security Issues at Black Hat
July 25, 2012, 7:37 AM
Kaspersky Labs: Apple's Security 10 Years Behind Microsoft
April 26, 2012, 7:39 AM
Malware Authors Get Boost from Apple's Sluggish Updates, Infect 600K Macs
April 6, 2012, 8:40 AM
Chris Poole Retires From Role as 4Chan After a Decade of Success, Struggles
January 23, 2015, 1:45 PM
Study Shows People are Dumb as Ever With Passwords, Still Using "123456"
January 20, 2015, 3:19 PM
Site for "Glitter as a Service" Mail Pranks, ShipYourEnemiesGlitter, Launches
January 13, 2015, 2:22 PM
OS X Yosemite Compromises Security by Retrieving Embedded Email Images
January 13, 2015, 11:30 AM
ISIS JIhadi From NZ Accidentally Shares Location on Twitter, Outs Cohorts in Selfie
January 3, 2015, 11:35 PM
Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Drops to $299 (30 Percent Off) for a Day
December 22, 2014, 10:57 AM
Most Popular Articles
Microsoft Shows Off Latest Windows 10 Build, Preps it for Next Week Release
January 21, 2015, 2:57 PM
Under the Hood: How DirectX 11.3 and 12 Will Supercharge Windows 10 Gaming
January 23, 2015, 12:34 PM
BlackBerry CEO Claims Devs are Violating Net Neutrality by Not Supporting BB10
January 22, 2015, 4:37 PM
Report: Samsung Drops Snapdragon 810 From Galaxy S6, Will Use Its Own Chips
January 21, 2015, 1:47 PM
Will Google Become America's Fifth Major Carrier?
January 22, 2015, 12:42 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information