Jailbreaking Apple Watch with Max Bazaliy

Apple operating systems are closed source. This closed source nature gives Apple an extremely successful business model–and a very different software developer ecosystem than Linux-based systems. Since Linux is open source, the information on how to manipulate the system at a low level is very public.

The lack of information about low-level programming in Apple operating systems has led to a large community of “jailbreaking”–where people try to reverse engineer how the closed source systems function. In today’s episode, Max Bazaliy joins the show to describe how he reverse engineered an Apple Watch. It’s a complex security challenge to jailbreak an Apple Watch, as he describes in detail. Max is a security researcher at Lookout, a mobile security company.


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