Announced via Twitter, “Comex”, the famous hacker behind Jailbreakme.com is joining Apple as an intern. He became famous last year when he released a web-based JailbreakMe exploit for iPhone 4. JailBreakme.com made it extremely easy for iOS users to jailbreak their devices by simply visiting the site.
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 first interviewed Comex as Nicholas Allegra, a 19-year old Brown University student from Chappaqua, NY. In the interview, Allegra said jailbreaking is “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.” Allegra has been on leave from Brown University since last winter looking for an internship.
Charlie Miller, a former National Security Agency analyst and one of the first people to hack the original iPhone in 2007, was impressed by Allegra’s hack. I didn’t think anyone would be able to do what he’s done for years,he said. Now it’s been done by some kid we had never even heard of. He’s totally blown me away.
In addition, Allegra discovered a new exploit in Apple’s PDF renderer to run custom software to crack iOS devices. A few days after, Apple patched the bug. Allegra didn’t specify what he will be working on at Apple.