For the first time in fifteen years, Apple will be present at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas. The Cupertino-based company is apparently beginning to realize the importance of its relationship with the hacking community as its products become increasingly targeted due to popularity.
Not only has the iPhone been exploited for nearly five years in the form of jailbreaking, but over 600,000 Macs were recently discovered to be infected with Flashback malware based on a Java vulnerability on OS X. Apple, now the world’s most valuable company, can no longer ignore these threats.
That is why, on Thursday, Apple security team manager Dallas De Atley is scheduled to give a presentation on security technologies in iOS for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. This will mark the first time an Apple representative has spoken at the conference, according to Black Hat general manager Trey Ford.
Microsoft security researchers have been present at Black Hat since 1998, while Google made its first appearance at the conference two years ago. It is unknown exactly what De Atley will discuss on stage Thursday, although his speech is greatly anticipated by hackers attending the event.