Apple starts taking security seriously, hires former Vista hacker

While fanboys may believe that Apple’s operating systems are invulnerable to attacks, it looks like Apple isn’t being quite as naïve anymore. Earlier this year, Eugene Kaspersky claimed that Apple is, “ten years behind Microsoft in terms of security,” a comment that drew a lot of attention from both sides of the fence. While many agree that viruses in general are no longer a major problem, other types of malware, such as Flashback on the Mac, are still very dangerous.

Wired reports that in order to help combat this problem, Apple recently hired Kristin Paget, a security expert that helped Microsoft clear up many of the security vulnerabilities in the Vista operating system. Her official title is, “Core operating system security researcher,” although it’s unclear whether she’ll be focusing on iOS or MacOS. Given her background, we assume the latter.

Before she moved onto hardware debugging, Paget was brought in as a consultant to help find and squash bugs within Vista. Much of this information was secret, protected by a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Microsoft, but the NDA expired in 2011, leaving Paget free to discuss details. Apparently when she was brought into the company, executives were confident that there would be few issues. This assessment proved to be incorrect, as Paget’s organization was able to find so many bugs that Microsoft was forced to delay the release of Vista. For her trouble, she received a t-shirt that said, “I delayed Windows Vista.”

It’s good to see Apple focusing more resources on security. Fewer compromised machines, regardless of OS, leaves everyone on the Internet safer from attack.

Source and Image via Wired

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"Apple starts taking security seriously, hires former Vista hacker"

lol. i like the microsoft fanboys mentality. next. they'll claim by adding gif and wav support to winmob. microsoft starts to lead mobile innovation. lmfao.

Stupid Fu**ing MS. Don't blame her or her organization for the delay in releasing Vista. That error was yours not hers. She only wanted to help, but that stupid remark on the shirt that said “I delayed Windows Vista.” doesn't help your cause.

soldier1st said,
Stupid Fu**ing MS. Don't blame her or her organization for the delay in releasing Vista. That error was yours not hers. She only wanted to help, but that stupid remark on the shirt that said “I delayed Windows Vista.” doesn't help your cause.

So what? I like that kind of shirt. To me, it just another way of saying "I help making Vista not suck, too much."

It's easy for Apple to be lax on security when their customers are irrationally loyal and willing to overpay no matter what. Arrogant and pompous company meets arrogant and pretentious customers.

Apple is only pretending to care about security. We I presented a major security issue with certificates to them, there answer was pressure on the company I was contracted to to eliminate my position. They did, but it doesn't matter MAC OS X still is not squabble with certificates (x.509) and fails all requirements for FIPS.

Funny that apple are pretending to care for security when a major security flaw was found with apple battery firmware chips all having the same password which a hacker got the code to and was able to blow them up, published all his research online and what did apple do about it? NOTHING! Still the same password for all current apple batteries!

n_K said,
Funny that apple are pretending to care for security when a major security flaw was found with apple battery firmware chips all having the same password which a hacker got the code to and was able to blow them up, published all his research online and what did apple do about it? NOTHING! Still the same password for all current apple batteries!

Hm... I guess you do learn something new every day. I had NO IDEA that batteries had (Or required) passwords...

It is good that Apple are on the front foot re this.

Apple's marketshare is growing and OS X will increasingly be the target of hackers. I have never had a virus on my Mac and I dont want one, good work Apple.

Of course OS X is inherently secure anyway, but you can never be too careful with OS security.

derekaw said,
Of course OS X is inherently secure anyway

How? There is no such thing as inherent security, especially now that most attacks are through social engineering. All talk about "inherent security" does is make users blissfully ignorant until the day they get pwned.

Besides, iOS is loosly based on OS X. And how long does it take crackers to exploit iOS to create a jailbreak after a new release? ...a terrifyingly short amount of time.

rfirth said,

How? There is no such thing as inherent security, especially now that most attacks are through social engineering. All talk about "inherent security" does is make users blissfully ignorant until the day they get pwned.

Besides, iOS is loosly based on OS X. And how long does it take crackers to exploit iOS to create a jailbreak after a new release? ...a terrifyingly short amount of time.


Worst is, several have been drive-by jailbreaks, something that alters your OS in such a way is unreal. Even Windows hasnt had such serious flaws since ever[/a].
But you hear noone about the iOS security. An OS that can be jailbreaked by visiting a freaking website!

derekaw said,
Of course OS X is inherently secure anyway, but you can never be too careful with OS security.

LOL. OSX is known to be the least secure of operating systems.

Every year it's the first OS to get cracked by hackers at the Pwn2Own contest and many other hacking contests.

From a famous hacker:

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town"

His point being that OSX dont get anywhere near as much malware being as it has vastly less market share, not because it's secure, quite the opposite. The Flashback malware recently on OSX proved just how poor it is and how bad Apple are at responding with security issues. It took Apple 3 months to properly address a serious security flaw. MS usually do it within a week or two.

1Pixel said,

LOL. OSX is known to be the least secure of operating systems.

Every year it's the first OS to get cracked by hackers at the Pwn2Own contest and many other hacking contests.

From a famous hacker:

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town"

His point being that OSX dont get anywhere near as much malware being as it has vastly less market share, not because it's secure, quite the opposite. The Flashback malware recently on OSX proved just how poor it is and how bad Apple are at responding with security issues. It took Apple 3 months to properly address a serious security flaw. MS usually do it within a week or two.

Worse than that are the flaws that are taken advantage of at Pwn2Own one year, and then immediately AGAIN the following year because Apple has yet to get around to fixing them...

1Pixel said,

LOL. OSX is known to be the least secure of operating systems.

Every year it's the first OS to get cracked by hackers at the Pwn2Own contest and many other hacking contests.

From a famous hacker:

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town"

His point being that OSX dont get anywhere near as much malware being as it has vastly less market share, not because it's secure, quite the opposite. The Flashback malware recently on OSX proved just how poor it is and how bad Apple are at responding with security issues. It took Apple 3 months to properly address a serious security flaw. MS usually do it within a week or two.


Apple took so long as they only care about money and security is low priority, but it should be high priority(not the paranoid level), and money a low priority.

Looks like a man

Edit: Ok, Wired cleared that up: Back then, Paget was known as Chris. She switched genders last year.

She/he didn't fool me for a second...

.stan said,
Looks like a man

Edit: Ok, Wired cleared that up: Back then, Paget was known as Chris. She switched genders last year.

.stan said,
Looks like a man

Edit: Ok, Wired cleared that up: Back then, Paget was known as Chris. She switched genders last year.

Oh! Good. I was feeling like an a**hole for thinking that.

.stan said,
Looks like a man

Edit: Ok, Wired cleared that up: Back then, Paget was known as Chris. She switched genders last year.


He switched genders last year.