The hacker who came to fame after jailbreaking the iPhone and then being hired by Apple, Nicholas Allegra, has been let go by the company after failing to answer an offer of further employment.
Allegra no longer part of Apple, could assist with ongoing battle to find iOS 6 untethered jailbreak
Apple hired Allegra, also known as Comex, in August last year after he rose to prominence with JailBreakMe, an iPhone jailbreaking site. Comex was a high-profile member of the jailbreaking community who pointed out the security issues in iOS. Cupertino has had to let him go, though.
Apple sent him an email offering to extend his employment, but he failed to respond to it, and instead tweeted that he was no longer working for, or associated with, Apple. Allegra talked to Forbes and said that he didn’t answer the email and so Apple withdrew the offer. CNET has asked for Apple’s comment, but nothing has been heard so far.
It’s common for hackers to be hired by tech companies. Charlie Miller, who hacked the MacBook Air and iPhone went to Twitter last year. George Hozt joined Facebook last year, too.
As an aside, there’s been slow progress in the jailbreaking of the iPhone 5 and other iOS 6 devices. This may well be due to hackers like Comex making sure that they would be hard to crack during its development last year. This is just speculation, but if Comex did help to make iOS 6 hard to hack while he was at Apple, he may hold the key to an untethered iOS 6 jailbreak.
We’ll be keeping an eye on the continuing iOS 6 jailbreak efforts… and our fingers crossed for some magic.