Apple Hacker Joins Twitter Security Team
The security researcher who was famously kicked out of Apple's iOS app development program for successfully placing a devious but benign piece of code in the App Store is joining Twitter's security team.
According to Twitter, Charlie Miller, the man who beat Apple's stringent security checks with an app called InstaStock, will take on the title of "software engineer," but the company did not provide any additional details as to what his responsibilities will be.
Miller will work under Moxie Marlinspike, another hacker-turned-security-pro who uses an alias and became Twitter's director of product security when they acquired his company Whisper Systems last November for an undisclosed amount.
According to Forbes reporter Andy Greenberg, Twitter may have been after Miller as a full-time penetration tester since last winter.
Greenberg speculated that Twitter's recent acquisition of two world-class hackers signals Twitter's desire to differentiate itself further from Google and Facebook by better protecting user privacy. The micro-blogging service, whose policy allows aliases, unlike Google or Facebook, will now turn over Occupy Wall Street-related tweets rather than pay contempt of court fines.
Miller's resume includes work at the National Security Agency and consulting at computer security company Accuvant. He won the Pwn2Own hacking contest after he broke into a Macbook Air in just two minutes, and had his Apple developer license revoked last year after he planted a harmless proof-of-concept hack into an app masquerading as a real-time stock ticker.
Miller also received much attention for sneaking malware past Android's Bouncer detector and revealing how iPhones can be compromised by a text message.