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Apple will give the hacking community a peek under the hood of iOS this week, with the company's first-ever presentation at the Black Hat security conference.

Bloomberg’s Jordan Robinson first reported the Apple appearance, which is scheduled for Thursday. Dallas De Atley, manager of Apple’s platform security team, will give the presentation.

Black Hat’s website describes the session: “Apple designed the iOS platform with security at its core. In this talk, Dallas De Atley ... will discuss key security technologies in iOS.”

De Atley’s appearance, however, would come when iOS security has been increasingly challenged. Earlier this month, a Russian hacker exploited a flaw in the operating system, letting the public make in-app purchases for free. A week before that, the Find and Call app was revealed to be a Trojan horse that uploaded a user’s contacts and SMS messages to a remote server. And the forthcoming release of iOS 6 is expected to contain numerous security improvements.

Black Hat general manager Trey Ford suggested to Bloomberg that De Atley’s appearance is a coup for the conference. “Bottom line—no one at Apple speaks without marketing approval,” Ford told the news service. “Apple will be at Black Hat 2012, and marketing is on board.”

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