Frederick Jacobs sent out a tweet yesterday saying that he's joined Apple's Core OS security team. Jacobs was a developer at Open Whisper Systems, the company behind Signal. Signal is, of course, Edward Snowden's preferred communication tool and praised for it's "robustness" and the level of security that it provides.
I'm delighted to announce that I accepted an offer to be working with the CoreOS security team at Apple this summer.
— Frederic Jacobs (@FredericJacobs) February 25, 2016
Apple's been embroiled in a fight with the FBI, refusing to create tools which will let the FBI access any iPhone in circulation today. Tim Cook has reiterated his belief in the right to privacy many times in the past and recent reports indicate that Apple wants to work on an iPhone that can't be breached. The move to hire Frederick Jacobs seems to be perfectly in-line with that agenda. As a report on TechCrunch points out, Apple has "identified itself as a potential weak point in the security process." With a more robust system in place, Apple can safely stick to its beliefs and wash its hands of similar matters entirely. Others have already pointed out the level of security that Signal provides. Hopefully, Apple will actually achieve its goal and manage to build a more secure OS.
Published Date: Feb 26, 2016 03:40 pm | Updated Date: Feb 26, 2016 03:40 pm