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Apple liked the security disclosure company so much it bought them

That's one way to do it

Years ago there was a famous shaver advert where the guy proudly declared he liked the product so much he bought the company. Often in sports you see something similar, but not quite with the same intent - a player on another team is so good he's bought and never fielded, in effect taking him out of the league all together.

When news of Thunderstrike 2  broke, Mac users went into a panic fearing the worm could silently modify their firmware, which meant even a full OS reinstall couldn't remove it. However, the developers behaved responsibly and it turns out that didn't go unnoticed by Apple. Just  two months after this news, their security firm - LegbaCore - has been bought by them and the team is working on hardening Apple firmware against exactly this kind of attack.