Apple to talk iOS security at Black Hat 2012 conference

By on July 24, 2012, 3:30 PM

Apple is set to make its first official appearance at the security-focused Black Hat conference this year. The move is both surprising given the company’s tradition of avoiding most major technology conferences, and significant as their products have become a bigger target for hackers in recent times.

Apple hasn’t made an official announcement yet and declined to comment on rumors, but Black Hat’s general manager Trey Ford told Bloomberg that Apple's platform security team manager Dallas De Atley is scheduled to give a presentation on key security technologies within the iOS platform.

Interestingly, Ford claims a panel of Apple insiders were originally scheduled to speak about the company's security-response team at Black Hat four years ago, but cancelled abruptly when Apple’s marketing department caught wind of it. “Bottom line — no one at Apple speaks without marketing approval,” he said, while confirming that this time around Apple marketing is on board for Black Hat 2012.

Microsoft security researchers first spoke at the conference in 1998 and the first time Google took the stage was in 2010. Now, under Tim Cook’s helm, it appears Apple is finally acknowledging the need to publicly engage with the community and discuss the security of its own platforms.

Earlier this year, the company was criticized for being to slow to respond to a Java flaw exploited by the Flashback Trojan, which ended up infecting more than 600,000 Macs between February and May. They were also in the spotlight recently over a simple hack that allowed iOS and Mac users to install premium in-app purchases from the App Store for free, which ultimately affected developers.




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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Apple rep: "Hi, we'd like to come here to introduce our latest..."

Hacker in crowd: "Cracked it!"

Another hacker: "Me too."

Chorus of hackers starts shouting "Me too."

They start advancing chanting "Doom on you! Doom on you!"

Apple rep screams like a little girl and gets into a fetal position.

Guest said:

"it just works!" facepalmed many years ago every time I heard a mactard say this, how will they accept the truth that their beloved apple is vulnerable to security threats now?

Guest said:

Guess what, iOS is just as vulnerable as android or any mobile platform out there, however iOS does have one good point, it runs in a sandbox, making each and every app unique to its own architecture, not able to view other apps. unless jail-broken of course. android, doesn't have ANY security built into the platform, making it far worst in terms of security.

~IT Security Professional

Upio said:

Guess what, iOS is just as vulnerable as android or any mobile platform out there, however iOS does have one good point, it runs in a sandbox, making each and every app unique to its own architecture, not able to view other apps. unless jail-broken of course. android, doesn't have ANY security built into the platform, making it far worst in terms of security.

~IT Security Professional

You probably should have done a simple google search regarding Android security before posting that it doesn't have any security built into the platform.

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