Charlie Miller (security researcher)
Charlie Miller at Infiltrate 2012
|Alma mater||Northeast Missouri State, University of Notre Dame|
|Known for||Pwn2Own contest winner|
Charles Alfred Miller is a computer security researcher with Twitter. Prior to his current employment, he spent five years working for the National Security Agency. Miller holds a Bachelors in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy from Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State University), and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He currently lives in Wildwood, Missouri.
Miller has publicly demonstrated many security exploits of Apple products. In 2008 he won a $10,000 cash prize at the hacker conference Pwn2Own in Vancouver Canada for being the first to find a critical bug in the MacBook Air. The following year, he won $5,000 for cracking Safari. In 2009, he also demonstrated an SMS processing vulnerability that allowed for complete compromise of the Apple iPhone and denial-of-service attacks on other phones. In 2011 he found a security hole in the iPhone and iPad, whereby an application can contact a remote computer to download new unapproved software that can execute any command that could steal personal data or otherwise using iOS applications functions for malicious purposes. As a proof of concept, Miller created an application called Instastock that was approved by Apple's App Store. He then informed Apple about the security hole, who then promptly expelled him from the App Store.
Miller participated in research on discovering security vulnerabilities in NFC (Near Field Communication).
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