Nicholas Allegra is pretty well known within the iPhone jailbreaking circles. Often known as Comex, Nicholas is responsible for creating the one click, iPhone jailbreaking tool known as JailbreakMe, a piece of software which is responsible for stripping thousands of iPhones of their security allowing users to install unofficial apps and themes.
He sounds like Apple’s worst nightmare. To them however, he’s a talent that they would rather have working for them rather than against them. A wise move we at iPhoneBloggers.co.uk think.
In a tweet to his almost 180,000 followers, Allegra (or Comex) said “So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple… It’s been really, really fun, but it’s also been a while and I’ve been getting bored”.
Allegra has been looking for a job for quite some time now, so is no doubt grateful of the offer from Apple. Despite fellow hackers and technologists comparing his skills to those that created the Stuxnet worm,
Allegra hadn’t been able to get a job for over a year. To prevent himself from boredom and to raise his skills, Allegra began hacking Apple’s software for fun, earning a reputation and a surprise $50,000 in donations from his fans.
According to Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos, every time Allegra found a new vulnerability Apple would rush to fix it. Although it created a lot of headaches for Apple at the time, it meant that they were able to patch the software, preventing malicious hackers from exploiting iPhone and iPad vulnerabilities for their own ill gains.
Greg Kumparak writing on TechCrunch points out that this isn’t the first time Apple hired one of their hackers. Earlier this year Peter Hajas was also brought into the Apple family to work on similar vulnerabilities.