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JailbreakMe creator Comex lands an internship with Apple

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JailbreakMe creator Comex lands an internship with Apple
JailbreakMe is virtually a jailbreaking tool for dummies - you just visit the website and follow the simple instructions to set your device free. Now Nicholas Allegra aka Comex, the person behind all that beautiful simplicity, has decided to join Cupertino’s team as an intern starting next week.

“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,” Comex tweeted.

Apple has been recruiting talent from the jailbreaking scene and just a couple of months ago it hired Peter Hajas, developer behind MobileNotifier, an advanced and unobstructive notification system for jailbroken devices. 

In the beginning of the month, Forbes uncovered that Comex is actually a 19 year old student at Brown University living in Chappaqua, NY and looking for an internship recently. He describes himself as self taught coder as he first started programming in Basic at nine.

He describes jailbreaking 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.” Comex has played seek and hide with Apple since earlier versions of iOS and has always managed to quickly find and expose vulnerabilities in iOS. Apple has always followed up on the jailbreaks and patched security holes randomizing the location of code and generally making it harder for hackers to get admin access to the machine. 

The last gem of the hacker’s findings is a PDF renderer exploit, which allows running software for cracking an iOS device. Actually, Comex himself admits that the difference between jailbreaking a device for better customizing your iPhone, or for malicious purposes is scarily scant. In a way, thus he has contributed a lot to iOS security.

“It’s scary,” he exclaims. “I use the same phone as everyone else, and it’s totally insecure.”

Recent reports do reassure us to a certain extent as malware on iOS seems to be at significantly lower levels than rival Android. And now as Comex is at Apple, hopefully iOS security would only improve faster.

source: Twitter, Forbes via MacRumors 

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posted on 26 Aug 2011, 05:52 2

1. ilia1986 (unregistered)


He has embraced the Dark Side. All hope is gone now.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 07:59 2

2. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


No i think he is smart. He could also help Apple with beiing more open mined.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 08:54

5. ilia1986 (unregistered)


If only that were true.. I doubt that even if Linus Torvalds himself (the founder of linux) would have joined Apple - he would have influenced Apple to be more open minded.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 11:29

6. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


dag im sorry.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 08:30 1

3. mannyfs (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


he is SO dead! just like the other people who ""committed suicide "" im sure apple just wants him there to put something in the water and make him go looney tunes. may he RIP

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 08:45

4. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Explain

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 02:26

12. mannyfs (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


i heard the last guys who lost the iphone prototype committed suicide and some other employees because of leaked info, and they all committed suiced, which is kind of weird. if i were apple i would totally effin kill them, no need to be dealing with small problems with 70billion in the bank

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 11:36 1

7. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


No but now Apple has the power to get inside of the devices of competitors and unlock then steal their secrets. And that "intern" status, simply put in the most legal of terms no pay no responsibility. He can be a thief for Apple and Apple has no legal responsibility for his actions he is just an intern not an employee.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 13:07

8. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Or worse - you know - because he's a very talented hacker - you can kiss JBing goodbye.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 14:29

9. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


this time i will let the article speak for himself... while i sit in my chair applauding... drinking my kool aid ( not while i applaud of course)

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 19:39

11. WSTSIDER (unregistered)


HEY DARTH U SAID IT THEY HAVE THERE VERY OWN PERSONAL HACKER FOR FREE WITH THAT INTERN THING JUST TO GET HEM OUT OF LEGAL PROBLEMS

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 10:57

13. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


SELL OUT

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 19:46

14. GH (unregistered)


Apple is stupid, they're simply encouraging teenagers to hack iOS so they could be hired and get independenced from their parents (a teenage dream) as a reward. Now I'm considering improving my programming skills and become a hacker maybe I get Steve Jobs position earning millions a year. Nice.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 20:11 1

15. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


ur stupid...

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