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A shout-out to hometown smart guys, Independent Security Evaluators

Thanks to those smart guys at Baltimore-based ISE for finding a critical vulnerability in Mac's Safari browser. Apple Inc. patched four flaws in its Safari browser this week, including the one discovered by ISE's Charlie Miller, according to this ComputerWorld story.

The finding won Miller a $10,000 check for the "Pwn 2 Own" contest on the second day of the hacker challenge held at the CanSecWest security conference in Canada.

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According to the story, Miller and two fellow researchers turned over the vulnerability that they discovered three weeks ago and signed a nondisclosure agreement that prevented them from discussing their findings until the bug was patched in exchange for the $10,000 prize.

Bravo, guys!

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If you don't know about ISE, this little homegrown company has made quite a name for itself by analyzing controversial Diebold Electronic Voting machine source code and broke the encryption on Texas Instruments' wireless gas payment cards and car keys - a potential threat to millions of consumers.

Founder and President Avi Rubin and his team of super geniuses are hired by various companies to expose vulnerabilities in products and systems. I wrote about Avi and his guys three years ago and seriously, they were so smart it made my head hurt.

Since then, Avi was named by Baseline Magazine and eWeek as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Information Technology. Miller, a former National Security Agency employee, is best known for being the first to hack into Apple's iPhone last year. His team of computer scientists, electrical engineers and cryptographers have testified before Congress, served as expert witnesses, participated in creating standards, and evaluated systems for both government and private industry.

Good job, guys. And, thanks for making our city look good.

(Illustration courtesy of stockxchng.com) 

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