19-year old Nicholas Allegra, also known as “Comex,” revealed recently that in early September, he will be starting an internship with Apple. Comex is well-known as the hacker who is responsible for a number of high-profile jailbreaks of Apple’s iPhone.
Allegra announced via Twitter that he will be starting an internship with Apple in “the week after next.” Last year, he gained notoriety when he released the JailbreakMe, a web-based exploit for the iPhone 4.
“It’s been really, really fun, but it’s also been a while and I’ve been getting bored,” he posted in his Twitter account, @Comex. “So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple.”
Jailbreaking is the process of hacking the iOS platform to enable users to install custom tweaks and software without th permission of Apple. Jailbreaking a device can void the company’s warranty for the device.
Using the JailbreakMe.com website, millions of iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users have easily jailbroken their devices.
In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Comex described his knack for finding iOS code exploits. “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 said.
Charlie Miller, a former analyst for the National Security Agency and one of the first hackers to break the iPhone in 2007, was impressed with the Comex’s hack.
Allegra taught himself programming when he was only 9 years old and by the time he took a computer science class, he already new everything.