Apple Acquires Company That Infected Its Flawed Firmware

Apple acquires LegbaCore security firm

If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. That’s the thinking behind Apple’s acquisition of LegbaCore, a security firm that successfully managed to infiltrate and infect the tech giant’s Mac firmware.

Last year, researchers at LegbaCore designed a worm called “Thunderstrike 2,” which is deliverable via a simple link. In August, the news broke that the worm had silently modified Mac firmware – even an OS reinstall proved useless to combat it. So stealthy was LegbaCore’s worm that Apple never took notice of it. The breach was only discovered when the worm’s creators notified Apple of the security flaw. The issue was mostly resolved by the time the news of the incident went public.

Apple clearly overlooked something in its firmware, but it’s since taken a bold step to ensure that this specific oversight, and likely several others, will be prevented in the future. The Cupertino-based company has purchased LegbaCore with the goal of improving its security infrastructure. LegbaCore founder Xeno Kovah took to Twitter to announce the acquisition, and revealed that the team will be working on “low-level security.”

With a possible Apple event rumored for next month, we’ll be curious to see if Apple elaborates on its acquisition of LegbaCore amidst a presentation that will likely cover the iPad Air 3 and a few other projects that have piqued our interest in the last few weeks.


Photo Credit: The Intercept

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Nate Santos

A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and He has written for XXL magazine, and, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.