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Juniper hires former ISS researcher Michael Lynn

He had to quit his job after discussing Cisco router flaws at Black Hat USA in July

By Robert McMillan
November 7, 2005 12:00 PM ET

IDG News Service - It looks like there is life after Black Hat for Michael Lynn, after all. The former Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) researcher has landed a job with networking vendor Juniper Networks Inc. just months after creating an international stir at July's Black Hat USA conference by disclosing information about security weaknesses in Cisco routers (see "ISS researcher quits job to detail Cisco flaws").

Juniper spokeswoman Kathy Durr confirmed on Friday that Lynn had been hired by her company, but she declined to provide any other details on the matter.

Lynn was forced to quit his job in order to give the presentation and was quickly sued by both ISS and Cisco. That lawsuit was dropped after Lynn agreed not to discuss the contents of his presentation (see "Update: ISS researcher agrees to silence on Cisco flaws").

The security researcher has said he gave the controversial talk in order to draw attention to a critical issue in the security of the Internet: vulnerabilities in the software that powers routers.

"I think I did the right thing," Lynn said after settling the lawsuit. "It was pretty scary, but the real important message was [that] there was a potential or serious problem coming in the future. It wasn't too late to fix it, but you had to take it seriously."

He may have achieved that goal. Cisco last week patched a second flaw in its Internetwork Operating System, which powers its routers, saying it was related to the research Lynn had done (see "Cisco detects a second IOS bug").

A Cisco spokesman declined to comment on Lynn's new job.

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