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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. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      How could you be famed for hacking vista! It was like hacking a pasta drainer! Full of holes!!!
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      Security wholes, huh?
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      EEEWWWWWWW! I'm sorry, chromosomal count is chromosomal count! Just can't get past the yucky-ness of a dude trying to become a chick! It's not natural, not right, and just plain sad very intelligent, though=D
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      It looks like the angry pigs aren't in the topic of this thread, but rather a good portion of the posters in it.

      Disappointing. This is why sexism prevails in a society of rape culture.
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by WaLLy3K View Post
      It looks like the angry pigs aren't in the topic of this thread, but rather a good portion of the posters in it.

      Disappointing. This is why sexism prevails in a society of rape culture.
      Human beings are horrid, always have been always will be. Myself included to a degree.
      Almost every single incidence of humour is at the expense of someone else. In this instance you think it's sexism, if it wasn't it would easily be something else. People are only at the top of the tree because of the existence of people below them.

      Rape culture? Really?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Refrain from personal attacks. Only warning.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Refrain from personal attacks. Only warning.
      Thank you. I rarely agree with the moderators on this forum, but people need to respect others, even if they are different.
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Quote Originally Posted by rcm View Post
      A baby with a bottle in his mouth could hack any Windows system. So not a big whoop there.
      Congrats on being able to type with a bottle in your mouth. When did you start working for Apple or Microsoft? Oh, that's right, you're still in your parent's basement.
    1. soldoutluck's Avatar
      soldoutluck -
      Quote Originally Posted by WaLLy3K View Post
      It looks like the angry pigs aren't in the topic of this thread, but rather a good portion of the posters in it.

      Disappointing. This is why sexism prevails in a society of rape culture.
      Rape culture? lol Fembots are funny
    1. DarwinThorne's Avatar
      DarwinThorne -
      Quote Originally Posted by soldoutluck View Post
      It's a Man, Man... Famed Hacker Chris Paget check it out!
      Chris Paget talks about long-range RFID tag reading - YouTube
      Check out the finger nails!!!
    1. Ozzie5374's Avatar
      Ozzie5374 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Good thing too, who else would know more about malware…hire a Microsoft employee lol Jk but not really
      Well said!
      Anyone who had anything to do with Vista must have been Pista!! Horrible horrible system.

      Quote Originally Posted by Ambi_Valence View Post
      Human beings are horrid, always have been always will be. Myself included to a degree.
      Almost every single incidence of humour is at the expense of someone else. In this instance you think it's sexism, if it wasn't it would easily be something else. People are only at the top of the tree because of the existence of people below them.

      Rape culture? Really?
      You think "people" are at the top of the tree? Me thinks that tree is at the "top of the tree".
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ambi_Valence View Post
      Almost every single incidence of humour is at the expense of someone else. In this instance you think it's sexism, if it wasn't it would easily be something else. People are only at the top of the tree because of the existence of people below them.

      Rape culture? Really?
      Sexism in society (and on the same note/genre, rape, which is why I mentioned it in my previous post) is so prevalent, but just because you see other people take that form of humour doesn't mean you should endorse it by doing the same.

      This article on misogyny in the gaming industry is a good read as to why this sort of behaviour shouldn't be simply dismissed.
    1. TTGSteve's Avatar
      TTGSteve -
      I would be stoked if I was a hacker and landed a job with Microsoft and/or Apple. I would say it's a dream come true for people like that.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      I wouldn't mind if I worked for apple period hacker or not.
    1. BrainSmashR's Avatar
      BrainSmashR -
      It's a good thing she's smart...
    1. Saved0ne's Avatar
      Saved0ne -
      Quote Originally Posted by soldoutluck View Post
      It's a Man, Man... Famed Hacker Chris Paget check it out!
      Chris Paget talks about long-range RFID tag reading - YouTube
      Mod Edit: Line deleted

      But who cares? Vista Hacker? That's not hard at all... run a few dos commands and you can compromise the entire system.
    1. Sk8r4life66's Avatar
      Sk8r4life66 -
      My little brother could hack a windows OS it's not a big deal

      Not trying to give apple any ideas but this makes me wonder why they don't try to make an unjailbreakable iOS... Just a thought