Apple Hires Comex – iPhone Hacker Behind Popular Jailbreak Tools Like JailbreakMe, Spirit As An Intern
Comex had recently released JailbreakMe 3.0 – one of the easiest solutions to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for iOS 4.3.3, which used a userland exploit to jailbreak and install Cydia on an iOS device using mobile Safari. Apple had to release an iOS 4.3.4 software update to patch the vulnerability.
Comex announced the news via the following tweet:
It’s been really, really fun, but it’s also been a while and I’ve been getting bored.
So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple.
Forbes had unmasked Comex as Nicholas Allegra, a 19-year old Brown University student from Chappaqua, New York who stays with his parents. Allegra describes jailbreaking as “like editing an English paper… You just go through and look for errors. I don’t know why I seem to be so effective at it.”
Charlie Miller, a former network exploitation analyst for the National Security Agency had this to say about Comex:
“I didn’t think anyone would be able to do what he’s done for years.”
“Now it’s been done by some kid we had never even heard of. He’s totally blown me away.”
He hasn’t mentioned what he will be working on at Apple, but we won’t be surprised if he joins Apple’s security to prevent hackers making use of exploits used by him in JailbreakMe and Spirit.
It’s good to see Apple hire talented hackers like Allegra even though he was part of the jailbreak community. It is not the first time someone from the iPhone jailbreaking community has joined Apple. Apple had hired Peter Hajas, developer of jailbreak app – MobileNotifier that revamps iOS Push notification system.
This is a blow to iPhone jailbreaking community’s cat and mouse with Apple, but we are sure that members of the iPhone Dev team, Chronic Dev team or some kid we had never heard of, will rise up to the challenge.
Good luck to Comex for his internship at Apple!