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Ex-Mozilla security lead joins Apple

updated 09:35 am EST, Tue March 2, 2010

Credited with countering attacks on Firefox

Apple has hired a former Mozilla security chief, Window Synder, to work as the company's new senior security product manager. Snyder first joined Mozilla in 2006, and is said to have professionalized Firefox security response during a time when hackers were turning their attention to the browser. She is also credited with being a security strategist at Microsoft, where she worked on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and in managing connections with security consultants.

Snyder herself has worked as a consultant since leaving Mozilla towards the end of 2008. Her arrival at Apple may be a sign of a growing security interest at the company, reflecting the fact that size is no longer a defense against the attention of hackers. Snow Leopard is the first version of Mac OS X to have built-in malware protection, and many people have an interest in hacking the iPhone and iPod touch, if often with harmless intentions. Malicious coders direct most of their efforts at Windows, as it is the most popular operating system on a global level.

by MacNN Staff



  1. galley

    Joined: Dec 1969


    misspelled her name

    You spelled her name "Synder" the first time, then "Snyder" thereafter. One of them is wrong (I'm guessing the first one).

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The assumption that she will have anything to do with OSX security is entirely misplaced. Given her experience, her role may be entirely to do with securing Apple software that runs on the Windows platform such as Safari and iTunes particularly now that Apple is a "mobile technologies" company rather than a computer maker.

  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Her name is Window?

    Don't tell me her brother's name is Browser.

  1. Frogmella

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ha ha

    OK MacNN, you spelled her name differently each time, gave her the crazy first name of 'Window', and then claimed she had been a "security strategist at Microsoft"!

    Still four weeks to April Fool's, dudes!

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