Michael A. Specter

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Michael A. Specter is a PhD student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a research assistant in MIT CSAIL's Internet Policy Research Initiative. Specter’s research focuses on systems security issues related to cryptography, privacy, economics, and vulnerability discovery. Prior to joining MIT as a graduate student, he spent six years at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory where his research focused on operating system security, malware analysis, reverse engineering, and vulnerability discovery.

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Apple's Cloud Key Vault, Exceptional Access, and False Equivalences

Author’s note: Despite appearing under my byline, this post actually represents the work of a larger group. The Keys Under Doormats group includes Harold Abelson, Ross Anderson, Steven M. Bellovin, Josh Benaloh, Matt Blaze,Whitfield Diffie, John Gilmore, Matthew Green, Susan Landau, Peter G. Neumann, Ronald L. Rivest, Jeffrey I. Schiller, Bruce Schneier, Michael A.