Apple Hires Former Windows Hacker Kristin Paget to Work on Its Security Team

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If there is an indication that Apple is getting really serious about the security of iOS, OS X, and its devices it’s the news that Apple has hired noted hacker and security researcher Kristin Paget to be a part of the team.

According to Wired Paget was hired by Apple in September (according to her LinkedIn profile) as “core operating system security researcher at Apple”. What makes this important for Apple is that Paget was key in locking down Windows Vista for Microsoft—something that she only now can talk about publicly:

But in 2011, the NDA expired, and she spilled the beans on her Vista hacking at the Black Hat Las Vegas conference. In short: Microsoft’s security team had expected Vista to be pretty clean when Paget got her hands on it, but they were wrong.

Paget and company’s bug-hunt was so successful, in fact, that it forced Microsoft to push back Vista’s ship date. When the work was done, the hackers received special T-shirts, signed by Microsoft Vice President of Windows Development Brian Valentine. They read: “I delayed Windows Vista.”

If she can do the same for iOS and OS X, I’m betting that not only will the OSes be more secure, but harder to jailbreak as well.

Now, won’t that make things interesting around here.

Photo from Wired by Jean-Philippe Martin

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