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  • Former Windows Vista Hacker Hired by Apple to Presumably Strengthen OS X


    Famed hacker and former Microsoft employee, Kristin Paget, is apparently now working for Apple as a core operating system security researcher. The news suggests that the Cupertino California company is improving OS X safeguards amid recent Mac-directed malware attacks, which continue to surface.

    Paget previous worked alongside a small team of hackers whose goal was to find security holes in Windows Vista before the operating system was released to the public in 2007 when employed by Microsoft. The group apparently found so many flaws that Vista’s launch date was pushed back until fixes were put in place for all the issues found.

    Based on her LinkedIn profile, Paget, as of September, listed herself as being a “Core OS Security Researcher at Apple” based out of Cupertino. The position she held immediately before this was chief hacker at security firm, Recursion Ventures, but she mentioned in June that she wanted to find a job building “security-focused hardware.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, Paget gained notoriety for a number of hacker feats of strength, including a cellphone call-intercepting station at the Defcon hacker conference and a long-ranged RFID identifier duplication device.

    Although her responsibilities at Apple remain unknown, it can be speculated that she will be working to fight off future attacks similar to the Flashback Trojan that previously infected an estimated 600,000 Macs and the Mac-targeted malware that was recently found embedded on a Dalai Lama dedicated webpage. Hopefully, consumers will reap the benefits of her work at Apple in the near future.

    Source: LinkedIn, Wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Former Windows Vista Hacker Hired by Apple to Presumably Strengthen OS X started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Good thing too, who else would know more about malware…hire a Microsoft employee lol Jk but not really
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      A baby with a bottle in his mouth could hack any Windows system. So not a big whoop there.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Sounds good..find it and stop it before it starts. Good luck!
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Only a woman would admit to being a Vista hacker. I think Microsoft won this battle because Apple seems to be happy about this.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      Only a woman would admit to being a Vista hacker. I think Microsoft won this battle because Apple seems to be happy about this.
      Thats a woman really. Fooled me.
    1. Home Skillet's Avatar
      Home Skillet -
      Congrats Lou Ferrigno.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Looks like the real life version of angry pigs
    1. F3nom3ni's Avatar
      F3nom3ni -
      Quote Originally Posted by Home Skillet View Post
      Congrats Lou Ferrigno.
      That's a man, baby. [/austinpowers]
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      She makes up for in brains
      I think she wood need a IQ of a 1000
      To compensate
    1. Samcole28's Avatar
      Samcole28 -
      Takes a hole to find a hole.
    1. prozac4312's Avatar
      prozac4312 -
      wholes =/= holes
    1. bcrx7's Avatar
      bcrx7 -
      Wow... could've fooled me! I thought it was a joke and some guy dressed up as a woman!
    1. RokeSmoreMeefer's Avatar
      RokeSmoreMeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      ...Paget previous worked alongside a small team of hackers whose goal was to find security wholes in Windows Vista before the operating system was released to the public in 2007 when employed by Microsoft. The group apparently found so many flaws that Vista’s launch date was pushed back until fixes were put in place for all the issues found...
      Yet that hole-ridden turd was still released. Great hire Apple!


      [/sarcasm]
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Nice to see that Apple & Microsoft are LGBT friendly.
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      Thats a woman really. Fooled me.
      From what I can tell, used to be Chris, changed gender last year?
    1. Satone's Avatar
      Satone -
      Personal attacks? Classy guys...really
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by Satone View Post
      Personal attacks? Classy guys...really
      Against Paget or Windoze?
      No really, the reason there are a cretain theme to the attacks is surely to do with gender change? If I'm right.
    1. FilSmith's Avatar
      FilSmith -
      Paget previous worked alongside a small team of hackers whose goal was to find security wholes...
      What's a security whole?
    1. aen's Avatar
      aen -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Nice to see that Apple & Microsoft are LGBT friendly.
      isn't it awesome?!
    1. soldoutluck's Avatar
      soldoutluck -
      It's a Man, Man... Famed Hacker Chris Paget check it out!
      Chris Paget talks about long-range RFID tag reading - YouTube