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Apple to Give Researchers Special iPhones to Up Its Security

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Apple Inc.’s top security engineer on Thursday said the company would begin distributing special iPhones to security researchers to help them discover flaws before malicious hackers do.

Ivan Krstic made the announcement in Las Vegas at the annual Black Hat security conference at the end of a 50-minute long presentation to discuss Apple’s security efforts for its hardware and software products. Apple has long positioned the security of its systems as a core tenet of its products.