Apple Hires Veteran Hacker Who "Delayed Windows Vista"
December 7, 2012 1:13 PM
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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
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12/10/2012 7:18:11 PM
I venture to guess you're a prize yourself. What kind of man dogs a woman on a tech site? Oh that's right, none. Try again when you become an adult. What a loser.
12/10/2012 7:23:18 PM
Oh crap, she actually is/was a legit man. MY bad man, I like to live in a world where I can assume a picture of a not-great looking woman is, well, actually a woman... like 100% woman.
12/11/2012 3:01:31 PM
You were right the first time, and my opinion of your character rose significantly. I can see my original appraisal, however, was more accurate, unfortunately.
I'm glad you get to decide who is real and who isn't. That must make you very special indeed.
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