The famous 19-year old hacker, Nick Allegra, whom the world knows as Comex, has been hired by Apple as an intern. Comex is the genius behind JailbreakMe.com, a website that makes it incredibly easy to jailbreak your iOS device and lets you install unauthorised apps from repositories like Cydia. JailbreakMe.com exploits a PDF vulnerability in iOS 4.
Comex joins Peter Hajas, the developer of MobileNotifier, a notification system hack available for jailbroken iPhones, who was also recently hired by Apple. Hajas’ work will be seen in iOS 5’s revamped pop-up notifications.
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Apple is being smart by hiring new and young talent to keep ahead of the curve. Apple isn’t the only company snapping up the talent, though. George “GeoHot” Hotz was the first person to unlock and create subsequent jailbreaks for the iPhone way back when. He was hired by Facebook after his court battle with Sony for hacking the PS3.
Jailbreakers may shed a tear to lose hacking talent for our beloved iDevices, but this also means a better, more secure iOS. Fret not, this isn’t the end of jailbreaking nor hacking. Where there’s a will, there is a way. Always.