“Apple acquired firmware security company LegbaCore in November 2015, according to security researcher Trammell Hudson, who revealed the acquisition in his presentation at the 32C3 conference in December,” Husain Sumra reports for MacRumors.
“LegbaCore had collaborated with Hudson on Thunderstrike 2, the first firmware worm to affect Mac computers,” Sumra reports. “The malware is impossible to remove, resistant to both firmware and software updates. LegbaCore and Hudson had alerted Apple to Thunderstrike 2’s vulnerabilities and Apple began work on fixes, issuing one in June 2015.”
Summa reports, “While LegbaCore is a security consultancy firm that doesn’t own any specific technology, it’s likely Apple will use [founder Xeno] Kovah and Kallenberg’s talent and knowledge to help improve firmware and software security in future iterations of Apple’s various hardware and software products.”
What did Apple hire us to do? We can’t say. 🙂 Well, we can probably say something like “low level security” (I don’t know our job titles)
— Xeno Kovah (@XenoKovah) November 10, 2015
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MacDailyNews Take: Excellent. Even more security for Apple products!
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