Hacker movements: Murphy joins Apple; Caceres to Matasano

Matthew Murphy, an outspoken hacker who is credited with several major flaw discoveries, has confirmed he is joining Apple as a product security engineer.

LAS VEGAS - On the heels of Google's hire of browser hacking whiz Michal Zalewski comes news that another well-known vulnerability researcher is moving over to the vendor side.

Matthew Murphy, an outspoken hacker who is credited with several major flaw discoveries, has confirmed he is joining Apple as a product security engineer.

At Apple, Murphy will work on security response when vulnerabilities are found in Apple products and also with product teams on secure coding practices. The Murphy hiring is a bit of a coup for Apple, coming at a time when external hackers are aggressively looking to expose flaws and weaknesses in the company's Mac OS X and other product lines.

Murphy will also help improve the company's relationship with his peers in the hacking community.

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Separately, former Core Security product manager Max Caceres has landed on his feet at New York-based consulting firm Matasano Security. Dennis Fisher reports that Caceres will be director of research and development at Matasano.

Matasano, headed by Dave Goldsmith and Thomas Ptacek, specializes in penetrating testing and security consulting for enterprise clients. The company counts Microsoft and Mozilla among its clients.

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