After receiving his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Charlie Miller was a computer hacker for the National Security Agency for five years.
Since then, Dr. Miller has been a consultant and worked for the Twitter information security team, as well as becoming a four-time winner of the “Super Bowl” of computer hacking, the annual Pwn2Own competition. He has found countless vulnerabilities in several Apple products, including their laptops and phones. Perhaps the most notorious of these issues was the ability to remotely compromise an iPhone by merely sending it a malicious text message. He also was first to remotely exploit the iPhone when it was released as well as the first Android phone when it was released (on the day it came out). After that, he began focusing on embedded security and has done research in the fields of laptop battery security as well as near field communications (NFC) of cellular phones. Lately, Dr. Miller has spent considerable time in the field of automotive security along with his research partner Chris Valasek. He showed that with direct access to a vehicle, the physical systems of a Ford and Toyota could be controlled by an attacker. More recently, he expanded this research to prove these attacks could be done remotely by demonstrating that a variety of Fiat Chrysler vehicles could be hacked from anywhere in the county, gaining control of the radio, brakes, wipers, transmission, and even the steering of a target vehicle. This demonstration led to the recall of 1.4 million vehicles.
Dr. Miller has been featured on The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, NPR, CNBC, New York Times, USA Today, and Forbes.