Brandon Azad of Google Project Zero has accepted a new position with Apple, where he will be tasked with helping the Cupertino company improve the security of its devices, the iOS software and other operating systems.

Azad broke the news on Twitter yesterday, revealing he was leaving Google in the following week to join Apple to “continue my work improving device security.”

Here’s the full announcement:

It’s with both bittersweet sadness and excitement that I say goodbye to Project Zero as I’ll be joining Apple next week to continue my work improving Apple device security. My time at Project Zero has been amazing and it’s been an honor to share in this wonderful mission.

My teammates at Project Zero have been among the kindest and smartest people I’ve met and I’ve learned so much from them. I’ll really miss working alongside everyone on the team. Thank you all for these wonderful experiences and keep on hacking!

The jailbreak community is no stranger to Brandon’s work.

For instance, when Apple released the iOS 12.1.3 software update in January 2019, it included a patch to fix an exploit that had been discovered by Google Project Zero’s Brandon Azad and Zhuo Liang (of Qihoo 360 Nirvan Team).

Project Zero, for the uninitiated, is a team of Google security analysts tasked with finding zero-day vulnerabilities in Google’s and other companies’ software. A zero-day bug is a security exploit that has yet to gain a patch to fix the underlying flaw.

Brandon is also credited with discovering exploits in Apple’s Image I/O framework and has also hacked malicious websites that target the iPhone and iPad devices.





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