Published On: Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016

Apple Beefs Up Its Security Team By Hiring Zero-Day Exploit Team

Remember Thunderstrike 2? Last summer, Xeno Kovah and Trammell Hudson denounced a critical zero-day disadvantage in OS X vouchsafing malware creators totally section your Mac but any approach to reset it to a bureau status. And it looks like Apple didn’t only repair a disadvantage — it has also hired a group behind this feat to work on security.

Thunderstrike 2 putrescent Thunderbolt inclination like Ethernet adaptors or outmost DVD drives. If we reboot your Mac with an putrescent Thunderbolt device plugged in, a Mac firmware will govern a choice ROM on a Thunderbolt appendage before booting OS X. It afterwards bricks a firmware, digest a Mac unusable.

The best partial is that a appendage stays infected, vouchsafing someone section as many Macs as they want. It was a absolute demo and a group alerted Apple has shortly as possible.

In Nov 2015, Trammell Hudson suggested that Apple had acquired LegbaCore during a 32C3 conference. Xeno Kovah also reliable that he was operative for Apple now:

Since then, LegbaCore has stopped usurpation new business for a confidence consultancy activity.

It’s misleading either it’s an acqui-hire or Apple only hired a dual persons behind LegbaCore. In both cases, it looks like Kovah and Hudson can’t continue operative on LegbaCore and are now operative for Apple full time.

And it creates clarity that Apple would sinecure these confidence experts. Many tech companies sinecure hackers to repair confidence holes before they turn public. It’s a good approach to make certain that your products sojourn as secure as possible.

Via Mac Rumors

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