Nicholas Allegra is the famous iPhone hacker who Apple employed last year. However it seems that he will no longer be on the payroll as Apple have chosen to let him go after he didn’t answer their email about extending his employment with them.
Comex free to work on iOS 6 untethered jailbreak if he wishes
This means that the hacker is now free to work on his own time and possibly tackle the solution to finding an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Allegra was known as Comex with the website JailBreakMe, removing protection from iPhones last year. This of course is not approved by Apple. Before Apple employed him last year he was known for publicising security issues with iOS as well.
Apple had sent him an email with the intention of extending employment, but it seems that the hacker didn’t reply to it as he had forgotten about it. As he hadn’t replied Apple took back the offer of extension and as of now he no longer works with them. Many companies employ hackers to work for them, this has been seen with Charlie Miller who went to join Twitter and George Hotz who spent some time with Facebook.
At the moment jailbreakers are stumped with finding an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 and the iPhone 5. The security updates could of course be attributed to the help of Comex during his time with Apple. Comex could have shown Apple how to stump the hackers. So in theory if Comex is no longer working with Apple he could potentially know how to break into iOS 6 and what is to stop him from cracking iOS open like an egg?
Only time will tell.