Hacker Behind Popular Jailbreak Tools Like JailbreakMe, Spirit No Longer Works For Apple


Last year, Nicholas Allegra a.k.a Comex – developer of some of the most popular jailbreak tools like JailbreakMe and Spirit had announced that he was joining Apple as an intern. It was a big blow to the jailbreak community.

But here’s an interesting development. Comex has just tweeted that he is no longer associated with Apple.

Forbes reports that Allegra had forgotten to reply to an email offer to continue  his employment at Apple as a remote intern, so his offer was rescinded by Apple.

“As for why?” he added in another tweet. “Because I forgot to reply to an email.”

When I followed up with Allegra in a phone call, he explained that the email he forgot to answer was an offer to continue his employment at Apple as a remote intern. At Apple, apparently, offer letters are taken rather seriously, and Allegra soon learned that his had been rescinded. “I wasn’t too happy about it, but it didn’t seem like I was able to fix it,” he says. “So that’s what it is.”

Before joining Apple as an intern, Comex had released JailbreakMe 3.0 – one of the easiest solutions to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 4.3.3, which used a userland exploit to jailbreak and install Cydia on the iOS device using mobile Safari. Apple had to release an iOS 4.3.4 software update to patch the vulnerability.

Allegra has told Forbes that he plans to focus on his studies at Brown and doesn’t foresee working on new jailbreaking tools for iOS any time soon.

Allegra said his employment contract with Apple may in fact complicate his future work on reverse engineering the company’s products. “I don’t know whether or not it’s against the terms, but it probably is,” he says.

It’s disappointing as Allegra would have been a great asset to the jailbreak dream team who continue to make progress in developing a jailbreak for iOS 6.

Here are the series of tweets from Comex from earlier today:

[via Forbes]