charlie-miller1Charlie Miller (left) has had a string of hits as a hacker. This week he added to his list as he announced at the Black Hat security conference that he and partner Collin Mulliner were able to hack an iPhone with a text message.

Charlie Miller made his name hacking cool stuff like the first Apple iPhone, the T-Mobile HTC G1 phone with Google Android software, Second Life, and the Mac operating system. He does it all not for a criminal purpose, but for the sake of improving security. But he’s always a thorn in the side of big companies.

I caught up with him Thursday evening, just after Apple security experts talked to him about how they wanted to test a patch to fix the hole he discovered. Apple has since patched the flaw.

video interview with iPhone hacker Charlie Miller from Dean Takahashi on Vimeo.