Apple Hires Former Windows Security Hacker for OS X

For a long time, Macs were generally considered fairly safe in terms of malware because there wasn't very many Macs out there. The fact that the number of Macs was relatively small compared to the countless PCs deployed in universities, offices and homes around the world meant Windows machines were a much more likely target for cyber villains. However, as the Mac brand has grown in popularity, the machines are more at risk for malware attacks.

In an apparent effort to bolster Mac OS X security, Apple has hired a security expert that previously worked on locking down Microsoft's Vista OS. Kristin Paget was hired by Microsoft, along with a few other hackers, to try and find bugs and holes in Windows Vista. Now it seems Piget is working with Apple.

Wired reports that Paget's LinkedIn currently has her listed as a core operating system security researcher at Apple. While she wouldn't comment on the nature of her work (Apple also declined to elaborate on her employment with the company), the title would suggest she's lending a hand to keep OS X air tight.

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  • What? Apple's not going to stick to their cover-up policy?
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  • Finally, they starts to address the fact that OSX platform can have virus and malware. This is a step to the right direction.
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  • shahrooza security expert that previously worked on locking down Microsoft's Vista OS.....


    Vista's security is better than XP's given the new additional features.
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  • Finally, they starts to address the fact that OSX platform can have virus and malware. This is a step to the right direction.
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  • What? Apple's not going to stick to their cover-up policy?
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  • His work is going to be fairly easy for a while searching for holes and exploits in OSX given just how weak the security is in that os. The only thing that stops most from making malware for osx is that there is no existing wealth of scripts, how to guides for writing malware for osx, and that the os is vastly different from windows as well linux when it comes to the commands. Simple phishing and spyware programs will likely be the biggest threat to Mac users in the future.
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