Apple seeks iPhone reverse engineering expert
iPoacher turned gamekeeper role
Apple wants an iPhone security engineer - to beat hackers at their own game. Applicants should develop "proof of concept" attacks and undertake risk analysis on potential security threats affecting Apple's embedded operating system products.
The role, one of 35 security-related posts open at Apple, was first advertised in September 2007 but is still available. Jobseekers should have a degree in computer studies, Mac OS X exposure and experience in reverse engineering* and security. They must work at Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters.
Whoever gets the job has plenty on his plate.
Security flaws in the Safari browser bundled with the iPhone were key to unlocking and jail-breaking the first version, and challenged Apple's exclusive tie-ups with selected carriers. More recently, the prominent IT security researcher Aviv Raff warned that unresolved vulnerabilities in iPhone mail and browser software leave users more vulnerable to phishing attacks. ®
* The iPhone security job is one of only two at Apple that call for reverse engineering expertise, a core hacking skill. The other involves working in developing Apple's digital rights management copy-protection technology.
"Jobseekers should have a degree in computer studies,"
Now that really bugs me. Why would you need such a qualification? Some of the best hackers around exist because they have curiosity, a holistic approach to problems and a talent/passion for using logic and reason to solve them.
I've met plenty of computer science graduates without those skills and whilst I'm sure they could polymorphificate their way out of an object oriented paper bag a position such as this requires the fresh perspective these non computer studies graduates offer.
You can bet the existing broken security was designed by a "Jobseeker who had a degree in computer studies!"
except it isn't.. western governments are trying to "sanitise" the net and bring about their own government sanctioned net utilising their own "great firewalls"... just check out all of the legislation they are trying to put out and the commercial endevours that will employ DPI backed up with threat of disconnection and/or prosecution.
When they came for those who read "information likely of use to terrorists" we shrugged "why would you need to learn about how a bomb works and can be put together" we uttered.
When they came for the paedos many were whipped into a frenzy and said "too right we should find them and persecute them".
When they came for the freetards we all exclaimed "if we just take everything for free, no-one will make any more".
When they come for us for having an opinion and a thought that wasn't sactioned a governmental body, everyone will cheer because they have been told it's their duty to.
Yes, it's an extreme vision.. but it's one that is all too easy to bring into our reality.
Time for wireless mesh networks operated in private.
Information is FREE
When are the damn psychopath corporate going to learn that their money and capital are useless against the pleasure of cracking their greedy package software - this is the era of INFORMATION and it is here to unite mankind.