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iPhone Super-Hacker Comex, Let Go From Apple, Goes To Work For Google

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Nicholas Allegra Interns @ Google

Nicholas Allegra a.k.a. Comex Interns @ Google

If Apple couldn’t appreciate one of the most talented hackers to ever touch its products, perhaps its biggest competitor can.

Nicholas Allegra, a.k.a. Comex, who rose to fame as the 19-year-old creator of the JailbreakMe hacking tools for iPhone and iPad before being hired by Apple, has found a new home: Google.

“In other news, I’m going to intern for Google in a few weeks,” Allegra wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

He didn’t immediately respond to my request for more information about what he’ll be doing at Google.

But he added on Twitter that he won’t be working on Android, an operating system that he has never “like[d] enough to ever want to hack it.”

Allegra is no ordinary college intern.

When he pseudonymously released JailbreakMe 3 in the summer of 2011, more than two million people used his tool to remove the download restrictions on their iPhones and iPads within a month.

And when his identity as a college student on leave from Brown University was revealed, the information security community was baffled that a teenager had singlehandedly unlocked the most tightly restricted consumer operating system in the world; Charlie Miller, a former NSA analyst and well-known Apple security researcher, told me at the time that he was “totally blown away.”

Fellow Apple hacker Dino Dai Zovi later commented to another reporter that Allegra seemed to be “from the future.”

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iPhone Super-Hacker Comex, Let Go From Apple, Goes To Work For Google

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