If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. That’s the thinking behind Apple’s acquisition of LegbaCore, a security firm that successfully managed to infiltrate and infect the tech giant’s Mac firmware.
Last year, researchers at LegbaCore designed a worm called “Thunderstrike 2,” which is deliverable via a simple link. In August, the news broke that the worm had silently modified Mac firmware – even an OS reinstall proved useless to combat it. So stealthy was LegbaCore’s worm that Apple never took notice of it. The breach was only discovered when the worm’s creators notified Apple of the security flaw. The issue was mostly resolved by the time the news of the incident went public.
Apple clearly overlooked something in its firmware, but it’s since taken a bold step to ensure that this specific oversight, and likely several others, will be prevented in the future. The Cupertino-based company has purchased LegbaCore with the goal of improving its security infrastructure. LegbaCore founder Xeno Kovah took to Twitter to announce the acquisition, and revealed that the team will be working on “low-level security.”
With a possible Apple event rumored for next month, we’ll be curious to see if Apple elaborates on its acquisition of LegbaCore amidst a presentation that will likely cover the iPad Air 3 and a few other projects that have piqued our interest in the last few weeks.[Engadget]
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