Super-Hacker Comex Gets the Boot From Apple
October 19, 2012 12:05 PM
Failure to reply to an email punched veteran iOS hacker's ticket out
While not quite as famous
as George Hotz
(age 23, handle: "GeoHot"),
(age 20, handle: "comex") was
a respected member
of the iOS "jailbreaking" community.
Thus it came as somewhat of a surprise when last August it was revealed that Apple, Inc. (
hired comex as an intern
, ending his jailbreaking days. Typically, Apple does everything it can to
its hackers-cum-i-product-enthusiasts (e.g. it kicked veteran OS X hacker Charlie Miller out of its developers program).
But Mr. Allegra seemed to be doing well, spending two internships at Apple -- one last fall, and then another last summer. But he abruptly announced on Twitter this week that he and Apple were parting ways.
According to a conversation with
, the email in question was an offer to continue his employment remotely over the fall. When Mr. Allegra took some time to respond, Apple apparently got offended and abruptly rescinded the offer. He comments, "I wasn’t too happy about it, but it didn’t seem like I was able to fix it. So that’s what it is."
But according to comex, his relationship with Apple was already deteriorating, so it's possible this was only the last straw. He would not say what he meant by that.
Nicholas Allegra aka "comex" has been kicked out of Apple's intership program.
[Image Source: Forbes]
The talented young security expert says he doesn't plan to work on new jailbreak tools for iOS in the near future.
, the unspoken reason for this is that likely his contract with Apple stipulates a period of restriction in which he cannot work on reverse engineering the company's products. That contract term may last years.
But comex has plenty to keep him occupied. He's finishing a degree at
. And he may not be out of the reverse engineering/jailbreaking scene altogether, despite the possible iOS prohibition -- he released a post hinting that he's eyeing Japanese gaming veteran Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (
upcoming Wii U
for some hacking TLC. He posts:
We're guessing this won't be the last we'll hear from him.
"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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