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Bangalore man discovered Apple's major security bug two weeks before anyone else

Seung Lee, The Mercury News on

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"I am both laughing with tears in my eyes and so impressed by how he has no idea of the gravity of what he's describing," wrote one commenter.

"I like to imagine that this guy is the most brilliant hacker of all time, capable of manipulating any computer in the world, and just forgot that breaking into a computer without a password isn't something you're normally supposed to be able to do," wrote another commenter.

For the record, Kamath said no, he is not some elite hacker. He has just picked up coding and Swift, Apple's in-house coding language, because he wanted to figure out something else he could do after taking a sabbatical after years as a patent attorney.

"It didn't occur to me someone can get into my laptop using the bug," Kamath said. "I saw the news travel really fast. I thought I did something damaging but then it hit me how serious this was."

Kamath said Apple never got in contact with him before or after his Nov. 13 post and that he received no bug bounty for discovering it. He was pleased about how quickly Apple responded with a fix.

He said he's just happy he has been able to receive credit for the bug but none of the scrutiny other cybersecurity experts such as Orhan faced after they made the bug public.

 

"I think I'm glad in a way I was ignorant about the issue," Kamath said. "It feels good to sit in the back and see what's happening."

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