Apple Hires Comex – iPhone Hacker Behind Popular Jailbreak Tools Like JailbreakMe, Spirit As An Intern


Comex – developer of some of the most popular jailbreak tools like JailbreakMe and Spirit has just announced that he is joining Apple 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!

[via Twitter (Comex), Forbes]

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  • robert

    shut up up hes not a traitor, hes getting paid for his talent and why not….maybe young blood and outside help could help apple bring out new features to there ios devices meaning no more hacks needed

    • ryanwins

      when pigs fly 🙂

      • robert

        @ryanwins…hmm weird last time I looked apple new ios5 has some features found in cydia and android…so next time stop trolling do some research and once you find something intersting than you may speak

        • Zang

          Sure, when we can have a winterboard like setting, options for trials in apps(As there are total crap hiding in the AppStore that you have to purchase first…).

          Apart from that, options to restore phone to previous iOS, options for preserving/editing basebands, unlock software.

          The list damn well near goes on for a while before I can even stop to think about the things unlikely to ever happen at Apple, they might try some things, but unlikely to be as successful as they community as a whole.

          So no. It wont help.

        • Zoxxx

          And what did you think ?I am sure that the whole jailbrek thing is apple designed plan 2 attract other open minds buyers.Its all about money baby nothing personal 🙂

        • SirGigalot

          oh look, I’m speaking again. The bottom line is money, it has nothing to do with this kids talent. Apple looks at it this way; good PR, bad PR. Hire the kid as an intern, make him sign a confidentiality agreement, bury him in the company doing some menial work until he proves himself, gets fired, or quits. If he does the latter 2, then he’s screwed cause he can’t work for a competitor, and he can’t go back to jailbreaking cause he’ll get sued. Either way Apple wins, take down a jailbreaker, and look good doing it.

          • Paradox

            confidentialty agreements are only limited. I forget how long exactly I know its less than 5 years, it may be as little as 2 though.

    • Michael

      Interns work for free, he isn’t getting paid.

      • Boogaloo

        When I was in college I had an internship that paid, and it paid well, compared to my classmates still working at target and walmart. So don’t think that just because it’s labeled internship, that no pay comes with it.

    • Noah

      I agree, Such as the battery percentage for ipod, jailbreaks had been giving that apple found it useful and implemented it, now that comex is working with them hopefully they will add even more stuff that has, prior to this, been a jailbreak exclusive.

  • Haha :/


    another one bites the dust

  • oh yeah

    so natural

  • fas

    That is a good way to stop jailbreaking!

  • can’t beat the man with the money. Whores, we all are for a price. Cheers to you Comex! good luck man!

    • Michael

      Interns work for free, he isn’t getting paid. He is just hoping to someday get paid.

      • George

        What world do you live in that interns don’t get paid?

        I have done many internships and gotten paid so have other friends of mine… maybe you are just not interning for the right places 🙂

        • Jason

          I’ve been to … a few internships. Some paid others did not. The fact is you still aren’t paid what you deserve because your still just a potential employee. Not only do MOST companies limit the salary but also the security access of most interns. Due to obvious “trojan” potential, i doubt apple will give him real access to security tools until he has proven himself a non jailbreaker in their eyes. I’m not bashing or correcting anyone. Just voicing my opinion, which in fact good be right or wrong in all aspects.

      • Yo-daddy67

        Ever heard of paid internships? Stupid

        • Yo-daddy67

          George you beat me to it in telling Michael lol

    • Steve

      umm it depends what profession you are in. Engineering/CS interns almost always get paid. The avg Electrical Engineer/CS intern here in Cali gets paid $18-$25 an hour. My friend who worked for a certain huge company close to Apple got paid 70k/year! as a intern!

  • It’s been a blessing to have Comex in the Jailbreak community. Nonetheless, he’s young and has his future ahead of him. This lad is a genius and seeing him join Apple is just great. Let’s hope he’s going to help bring the best idea to Apple products.

    Believe it or not we’re all on the same side enjoying the best products modern technology can offer. Apple has over the past decades proven to be the first in innovations and will continue to do so in future with Comex on board.

    He has been with us and now an insider. You only can make changes happen from inside out. I’m confident his professionalism will help convince Apple of the fears and worries about securing iDevices. That may result to opening more doors for freedom. Jailbreak as the name implies is about freedom and I’m sure Comex’s primary goal will be to deliver on that. He has been here and knows what it feels like being in Jail. Trust me 😉

  • Cb

    Hmm I doubt Apple are hiring him to bring any creativity to Them! They’ve got him to find exploits and fix them.

    Good luck to him but it’s bad news for the dev-team and us simple jailbreak lovers.

  • Chilldoe

    Comex has contributed immensely to the jailbreak community at no cost…. Way more than most.

    I wish him the best! In all sincerety.

    My only concern is if Bill tries to touch his naughty places…

    You gotta do what you gotta do, and he is definately worthy of some sheckles.

  • Pacomac

    In an idol world we wouldn’t need exploits, and lets face it their are few reasons for Comex to continue jail breaking other than self gratification. Whilst some of the jail breaking community celebrate his hacking triumphs the majority sit and moan about not having the latest hacks without a thought about the time and effort that goes into his work. It’s a thankless task hacking iOS. It is therefore ironic that the thanks comes in the way of job with Apple and I say good luck to him.

    • goody2312

      By the way I think you meant to say IDEAL, not idol.

    • Chilldoe

      Well stated!!

      It is unfortunate how unreasonably demanding freeloaders can be.

      Comex will help to change the world and I hope I can be there to see it.

      In Ocean City MD currently, and expecting the worst.

      • hhhh

        what world r u talking about? don’t forget that he’s gone work for apple not for U.N. and why are we forgetting that if someone change the apple its not gone change the world. much of the world don’t even know apple and don’t give a damn to the changes in the apple.

  • goody2312

    Might as well enjoy all this jailbreaking while it lasts. Apple will soon win. They already released unlocked phones thus killing the need to uncover an unlock. Not that anyone could now, there hasn’t been a new cracked unlock in almost(if not over) a year. It was a nice ride while it lasted.

    • In as much as I disagree that it is all about winning or losing, the question to ask is: will there still be the need to Jailbreak when all iDevices are unlocked? I don’t think so… The Jailbreak community would have won if it happens. That’s our goal.

    • To be free at last…

  • FU

    If you can’t stop them, hire them!

  • Rt

    Apples trying to shut down the jailbreak unlock community by hiring these guys apple are greedy trolls but soon will fall to the hands of googles android.

  • mato

    RIP jailbreak… somebody have a phoenix down?

  • James

    Cant blame the man, big money on offer for his considerable talents

    • Jason

      Does apple actually **PAY** interns?

      • Vinay Bharadwaj

        Yes it does!

  • Musen

    To gays who are trying to correct the grammer flaws in the comment section:F*** YOU ALL! Not everybody in this site is american or british. Go buy an idildo. Wankers.
    The problem is not comex being hired by apple its apples limitations to apple owners. Let us use it like an open source and all these debates will finish in a second. İ dont think anyone using his ithing jailbroken would like to use it with restrictions.

  • idroid7

    wake up guys, this means ios will always have holes, and apple is trying to plug them as they are discovered….PS: everything digital will alway have back doors..for #1 writer/developer needs to get back in and out to edit,add or delete…so jailbreak will always be there as long as someone is will to find these back doors.
    SO…. WILL COMEX TAKE THE RED PILL OR THE BLUE PILL..or will someone else rise to the challenge..

  • Excellent fair play to both parties comex for getting his future started and apple for the common sense to use the jailbreak community guys.

  • Dave

    I think that’s great for both sides!! It will give comex an insight into how and why Apple do the things they do and for apple they have gained a very very bright individual, congratulations to Comex!!

  • Van Du

    Nice! We have a mole 🙂 The guy will be even closer to Apple’s security holes. Ever watched Infernal Affairs?

    • D Money

      @Van Du– Finally somebody gets it! Good job!
      All the bitchin and whining about whether or not
      Comex is getting paid should be secondary to all the
      hi-5s we should be giving him for getting a foot in the
      door! The dude is a genius, obviously, and he’ll have a
      great career in the field I’m sure. But for now, we should
      still see some exploits and other stuff revealed. You’ve
      heard the adage: Keep your friends close, and your
      enemies closer, right? That’s what both Apple and Comex
      are doing. Should be interesting.. where’s the popcorn?

      P.S. Thoughts and prayers to the folks in the path
      of Irene

  • Jason

    I think apple should hire more jailbreakers and find out there’s a reason that people jailbreak their phones. Do like android and preload it as an unlocked core. Then we’ll really see what this phone can do. I cant understand y it lets you use windows on its macs but u only get one choice of a app installer on its i devices. Apple will soon learn that it can’t be the curve of the revolution.

  • Macsimos

    Hopefully we still get jailbreaks from Comex or maybe he’ll pass on some info. to the iPhone Dev Team under the table. Hopefully someone will continue to help us all out with jailbreaks and unlocking.

    Now for those of saying internships don’t pay do some research; there are some that don’t and some that do. I doubt Comex would be working with Apple for free.

  • Gustavo

    I´ve seen a lot of crap in this board, all negative comments are pure envy, let the guy alone, he works hardly for a well paid job in the best tech co. of the whole world, apple is “THEE” Company, i say good for him, my best wishes for this 19 y.o. lucky asshole…good job boy, go ahead you have a great future in APPLE.

  • dee8282

    just another way for apple to stay one up on the cat and mouse game,great strategy.if u cant beat them hire them!!

  • dakpluto

    haha….so many people got had.

  • Wite Boy

    so is apple going to sue Samsung from hiring the main person from CM7 before they got to hire comex?

  • Crow

    Bored!?!? There’s still all those basebands that need cracking.

  • slyc3r

    well we still have Geohot…

  • Me

    I dont get it! An internship is a work-related learning experience for individuals who wish to develop hands on work experience in a certain occupational field. What is he studying at the university? Is he really getting any pay? or a position in Apple? confusing!

  • Andy_TW

    good job for DevTeam!! finally sent a double agent into cat’s nest.

  • Dumb Fs

    Intern position is not a good deal for him. Should be security officer at minimum. Don’t blame the kid if it’s a good deal he would be a fool not to take it

  • ifonix

    if you can’t beat them eat them…. 😉

  • its all over

    jailbreaking is over

    geohot..gone working for facebook ( limera1n )
    comex…gone working for apple ( jailbreakme )

    we have musclenerd lefted………. we are screwed this guy as done nothing since ver 2

    ionic…………. he cant do anything

    its over


    and some might say chronic dev with greenpoison there also finished

    im sad to say its over

    apple won

    • Mac

      Actually i think that there’s the possibility of musclenerd out too, since he was seen at Apple HQ yesterday…

      Of course, maybe he just went to vidit the Cupertino boys, or maybe he did get hired…

      Ehh who knows

  • Zed Sefi

    So, now we should kiss iPad 2 jailbreak goodbye forever, as Comex was the only one who managed to hack it even if it was for a short while on iOS 4.3.3, and this means I am not going to buy iPad 2 at all. I will stick with my first iPad.

  • Mazolo

    Let’s have Comex somehow sneak the Cydia app into iOS. I believe we all have a challenge to acquire some hacking skill so we can break ourselves out of the jail, who knows we might end up with lucrative jobs at Apple.

    • matt spugnardi

      we should sneak the jailbreak in to ios and i no how to hack into the ios but dont know what to put in to make cydia really hard so i really need help on doing this plese help me it well be help full and i am only a jounior in high school thts pretty good for me

  • matt spugnardi

    ya so this is retarted jailbreaking has been making more people buy apple products so they should let us jailbreak it has been helping them so we need to talk to aplle about what jailbreaking has been helpful to apple. this kid is smart he should do what he is doing and us people should figure out how to hack and make jailbreak stuff and make it even better