Apple hides job ad in iPhone data stream

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 - Resume

The Apple Store in New York. Picture: Don Emmert/AFP

A SHARP-EYED journalist has discovered a secret job ad hidden on Apple’s website.

Zack Whittaker, security reporter with ZDNet, posted his find to Twitter earlier this week. “Hey there! You found us,” the ad reads. “We are looking for a talented engineer to develop a critical infrastructure component that is to be a key part of the Apple ecosystem.”

Whittaker said he stumbled on the URL, which has since been removed, while analysing data being sent from iPhone apps.

“I was using Burp Suite, a traffic analyser, to intercept data between several iPhone apps to see what kind of personal data was sent along to advertisers,” he wrote.

“Among the stream of connections to analytics sites and advertisers used to track a user’s app consumption, there were several outbound connections to one of Apple’s ‘blobstore’ servers, which the company uses to host iCloud data, such as customer photos and videos.

“I entered the web address into a browser, and there you have it. Trust me, there was little proficiency needed to find the page, which, since it was widely reported, has been taken down.”

Whittaker added that he did not apply for the job, but “it was still nice to have been asked to ‘get in touch’ with my resume”. “Apple is not looking for me,” he told the BBC.

“It’s remarkable to see these companies taking innovative ways to entice people to work for them. A lot of times finding a job is down to chance and luck. This definitely keeps things interesting.”

It’s not the first time a tech company has played with unusual recruitment techniques. In 2015, Google employee Max Rosett wrote about the search giant’s “secret interview process”, in which users Googling for specific programming terms are offered a job.

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