A while back it was pretty big news when prominent iOS hacker, Comex, or Nicholas Allegra as he is known in real life, was hired by Apple. Given his work on JailbreakMe, a jailbreak tool that could be used within Safari, we guess Apple was right in snapping him up, possibly in an effort to help identify and close exploits. While we’d love to think that he’s still at Apple busy working on making life harder for hackers to jailbreak iOS devices, that is unfortunately not that case as in an interview with Forbes, Allegra revealed that he is no longer with Apple.
W guess Apple was pleased with Allegra’s work as they had apparently offered him employment as a remote intern (he was just your regular intern before this). However Allegra did not reply the offer letter promptly, an issue that did not sit well with Apple’s HR as they had since rescinded it. According to the hacker, “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.” Before you guys go and speculate that there was some kind of drama behind it, Allegra claims that it wasn’t a bad ending, although he declined to go into details, and unsurprisingly declined to reveal what was it he was working on during his time there.
If you’re hoping that this means that Allegra will be returning to the iOS jailbreak scene, it does not seem to be the case as Allegra revealed that he does not see himself working on iOS jailbreaks anytime soon. If we had to venture a guess, it might have something to do with his contract with Apple that could prevent him from doing so, which he himself admits, “I don’t know whether or not it’s against the terms, but it probably is.”
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