19- year old Nicholas Allegra a.k.a Comex, the creator of massively popular jailbreaking Tool JailbreakMe has recently announced in a Tweet that he is going to join Apple as an internee.
Previously Apple has regularly hired people from the developers community to deliver more secure and unlock able devices. Nicholas Allegra who till now had kept his personal identity hidden in order to stay away from Apple lawyers had agreed for an interview to the famous magazine Forbes. In the interview he mentioned what he feels about jailbreaking:
It feels 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.
He is the creator of the online Jailbreaking tool Jailbreakme which is capable of jailbreaking even iPad 2 which hasn’t yet been Jailbroken by any other means. Within nine days (Apple took nine days to fix the PDF exploit which Comex used in JailbreakMe) almost 1.4 milion iDevices were Jailbroken and 600,000 more till now.
Apple uses “code-signing” technique for programming iOS, by this only Apple have the ability to add codes to iOS any other foreign code can simply not be embedded into the system. So to Jailbreak a device the dev team has to use the codes which are already present and entered by Apple engineers to work against Apple.
Till now it is unknown that in which section will Comex work in but as many are guessing and Comex’s ability on security issues it is almost certain that he will work in the security department, helping Apple patch the loop-holes which till now he used against them. After the release of JailbreakMe 2 last year Apple made things even more difficult by randomizing the location of code in the memory. Its just like trying to tweak the codes which you even don’t know where they exists. Dino Dai Zovi, co-author of the Mac Hacker’s Handbook, has mentioned that the level of sophistication of JailbreakMe is on par with that of Stuxnet ( a worm designed by US or Israelis government to infect Irans Nuclear Plants). So Apple surely has hired a genius in its already glorious ranks of engineers.
This is not a new incidence of hackers from Jailbreak community getting high end jobs. Earlier George Hotz, who first became known in 2007 for being the first in the world to successfully unlock the original iPhone has been hired by social-networking giant Facebook. Also Peter Hajas, creator of MobileNotifier tweak for iOS has joined Apple.
Surely this isnt the first case and also not the last.