Black Hat Talk on Apple Encryption Flaw Pulled
A security researcher who was set to speak at the Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas next week on a previously undiscovered flaw in Apple's FileVault encryption system has canceled his talk, citing confidentiality agreements with the Cupertino computer maker.
Charles Edge, a researcher from Georgia, had been slated to discuss his research on a weakness that could be used to defeat FileVault encryption on the Mac. But sometime last week, Black Hat organizers pulled his name and presentation listing from its schedule of talks.
Contacted via cell phone, Edge said he signed confidentiality agreements with Apple, which prevents him from speaking on the topic and from discussing the matter further.
Almost every year, much of the drama leading up to and during Black Hat seems to revolve around talks that are canceled or censored at the last minute for various legal reasons.
At Black Hat 2007, well-known reverse engineering expert Halvar Flake couldn't give his presentation when he was denied entry to the United States because of a mix-up with his visa. At Black Hat D.C. earlier that year, researchers from security service firm IOActive were prevented from presenting research on vulnerabilities they found in RFID technology. And who could forget Mike Lynn's talk at Black Hat 2005, where presentation materials for Lynn's talk on flaws in Cisco's Internet routers were literally ripped out of thousands of books due to legal pressure from Cisco.
Edge should absolutely honor any legal agreements he signed with Apple, which he says is his biggest client. But these kinds of reversals have a funny way of stoking the curiosity of the hacker community, already an inquisitive bunch by nature.
Update, Aug. 2, 2:26 p.m. ET: Looks like yet another talk about Apple security will be canceled at Black Hat this year. Apple has pulled its security engineering team out of a planned public discussion on the company's security practices, which had been set for next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, according to Computerworld's Robert McMillan.
From that story:
The panel would have been a first for Apple, but the company pulled out of the discussion at the last minute, Black Hat Director Jeff Moss said in an interview Friday.
Marketing got wind of it, and nobody at Apple is ever allowed to speak publicly about anything without marketing approval," he said.
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