Ex-NSA hacker, ex-Apple researcher launch ‘DoubleYou’ to protect Apple devices | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker

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An ex-NSA hacker and an ex-Apple researcher are launching “DoubleYou,” a startup that aims to help other makers of cybersecurity products to better protect Apple devices.

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai for TechCrunch:

Their startup is called DoubleYou, the name taken from the initials of its co-founder, Patrick Wardle, who worked at the U.S. National Security Agency between 2006 and 2008. Wardle then worked as an offensive security researcher for years before switching to independently researching Apple macOS defensive security. Since 2015, Wardle has developed free and open source macOS security tools under the umbrella of his Objective-See Foundation, which also organizes the Apple-centric Objective by the Sea conference.

His co-founder is Mikhail Sosonkin, who was also an offensive cybersecurity researcher for years before working at Apple between 2019 and 2021. Wardle, who described himself as “the mad scientist in the lab,” said Sosonkin is the “right partner” he needed to make his ideas reality.

Wardle and Sosonkin’s idea is to take a page out of the playbook of hackers that specialize in attacking systems, and applying it to defense. Several offensive cybersecurity companies offer modular products, capable of delivering a full chain of exploits, or just one component of it. The DoubleYou team wants to do just that — but with defensive tools.

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MacDailyNews Take: Having covered Wardle for years, we wish him and his partner Sosonkin much success!

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