Apple hired jailbreaker Comex, author of

The most famous iOS hacker, and the brains behind the website, has joined Apple as an intern. Known as Comex (real name Nicholas Allegra), the 19 year old announced via Twitter he was taking a position with Apple.

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Details of employment remain unclear, so speculation about the "intern" status bloomed quickly. Not a full time employee? Not well paid? Of course, tech company internships for talented young programmers are often paid, and a way to become the employer of choice when the time comes. Nothing keeps Apple for showering young Comex with big bucks, or just free Apple gear. They can make any deal they want.

Apple fans and jailbreak fans made their feelings known. Sometimes the sentiment is jailbreaking pushes Apple to be better, sometimes the slant is jailbreakers should be put in jail. Join the fun.

Smart for Apple

I suppose Apple will pay him to repeatedly jailbreak IOS 5 so they can fix every hole he discovers. But brilliant kids are born every day and they will find new holes that he never spotted.

jd_in_sb on

this explains why the updates have been coming a little slower in the jailbreaking community. i guess apple has realize the one true way to silence all those jailbreaking geniuses out there.

hewsthat on

and apple just stopped [read: paid] jailbreak from happening on iphone5.

Spikesoldier on

If this guy is so good, and it looks like he is, hire him full time, or at least give him a contractor status with some decent salary. Anyway, I hope he gets paid well.

fleshconsumed on

Apple is buying patents and jailbreakers. No surprise. They probably call it only an "internship" because they don't want to tell the whole story ($...), and protect both Apple's and comex's reputation...

Toni on

He'll probably have to sign an NDA, and that'll effectively take him out of the jailbreaking game.

xder345 on

Good for the kid

Clever kid. The number of unique exploits made into a single user-friendly jailbreak is an astounding effort. I hope Apple puts him on Apple security and hope they are paying him.

solipsism on

What is this? Apple is hiring iOS's most well known hacker after Samsung hired Android's most well known hacker? Hey maybe Samsung can sue Apple for doing something similar.

Staxx on

I smell a sellout

Yesterday's snarling revolutionary is today's smiling bourgeois capitalist.

rbryanh on

Dude, don't sell out to these evil corporate should stay open source.  There's more to life than money!  You clearly have the ability, why don't you create something great for the world to use?  Instead of helping these people make MORE money.

Daniel Kay on

Did Apple increase their security braintrust, or did Comex sell out?

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