The hacker famous for jailbreaking the iPhone, Nicholas Allegra, who Apple hired last year has been let go after he failed to respond to an email about extending his employment.
Allegra free from Apple employent, can work on iOS 6 untethered jailbreak if he pleases
Apple hired the hacker known as Comex following his claim to fame with JailBreakMe, a website that specialised in removing the protections on the iPhone i.e. jailbreaking it, which of course is something that Apple opposes. Apple hired the hacker in August last year but they have ended his employment last week. The hacker was a high profile member in the community of jailbreakers and publicised the security problems in iOS software.
Apparently Apple had sent him an email to extend his employment with them. However he forgot to send a reply to it. In a tweet he said that he was no longer associated with Apple. Allegra was talking to Forbes and said that he had not responded to the email Apple sent him and so they took the offer back. CNET asked Apple to comment on the issue but as yet they haven’t.
It is not unusual for hackers to be employed by tech companies. Charlie Miller who hack the MacBook Air and iPhone joined Twitter just last month and George Hozt was with Facebook last year.
On a side note, the progress of the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and other iOS devices have apparently left jailbreakers stumped. Many believed this is due to Apple hiring hackers such as Comex to make sure that their iPhone 5, iPad and iPod touch wouldn’t be jailbroken so easily. Now this is just speculation here but if Comex did indeed work on securing iOS 6 during his employment at Apple, then he may hold the key to cracking the latest OS wide open.
Let’s see how the iOS 6 untethered jailbreak attempts progress over the next few weeks.