Most of you know by now that Comex’s long-awaited iPad 2 jailbreak was leaked yesterday. As the hacker was putting the finishing touches on JailbreakMe 3.0, the PDF exploit was leaked to the world. Someone publicly posted the new JailbreakMe files, and the links spread around the web like wildfire.

The original story iDB heard was that a trusted beta tester leaked the files. That would have meant Comex was betrayed by someone he trusted, adding insult to injury. We have since learned that this is not what actually happened. Here’s the real story behind the iPad 2 jailbreak leak…

20 year-old Ryan Lobbins is a computer science major from Arizona. Lobbins took to his blog yesterday to clear the air regarding his part in the leak of Comex’s exploit.

“Am I responsible for the leak? Indirectly, yes. Did I leak it intentionally? Not really, I only intended for 1 or 2 people to try the files to see if they worked. The person who leaked it was Will Sayer, and him only. He released the files, sent off the info to news sites not me.”

As it turns out, Lobbins isn’t a beta tester and never said that he was. The entire story seems to have been cooked up by the same person who posted the original links to the unfinished jailbreak.

“I was playing Star Craft with some friends reading Comex’s Twitter updates like every other person waiting for the jailbreak. This is when I had a crazy idea just to search a site he posted in a previous tweet.”

During his search, Lobbins came across Comex’s bannerbomb exploit for the Nintendo Wii which led him to believe this was Comex’s site. As he continued to pour through the directories, he came across a folder named saffron that grabbed his attention. Low and behold, it was Comex’s new JailbreakMe.

“So what would you do if you stumbled on a website that had all the data for the jailbreak people have been waiting months for? At first I wasn’t sure what to do, let alone believe I found the files. The only true indication that I found them was all the pdf files, deb files named after different iOS devices, and a php file.”

When Lobbins went to try the jailbreak on his iPad, it didn’t work. So the computer science major made copies of the files to try on other devices. He then uploaded the files to his personal site before going on vacation.

The night of July 1st, while on holiday, Ryan’s curiosity got the better of him. Here he had Comex’s new jailbreak software, which didn’t work on his iPad. He wondered if it worked at all. He got in touch with someone he had met through an iDevice forum named MultimediaWill, and sent him a link to one of the uploaded PDF files.

To his surprise, it worked. It quickly jailbroke his iPad and installed the all-too-familiar Cydia icon. According to Lobbins, Will swore up and down he wouldn’t leak the files. But judging by the mayhem that ensued yesterday morning, he was lying.

So there you have it, that’s how the infamous iPad 2 jailbreak leak unfolded. By now, most of the links to the leaked files have been removed, and the community is still holding vigilant for the real iPad 2 jailbreak.


  • Manuel

    This story sounds so fake, made up, and just like a lot of bs to get people to read about them. These kids should leave the jailbreak releases to the actual releases.

  • ic0edx

    It’s funny how this all played out for this guy, he’s an idiot. I feel really bad for comex he put so much work and time into this and here comes along a dick and f**ks it all up for him. If a autor of a program did not put the software out why would some use it, what if your iPad 2 briked what then, who would you ask for support? Thats why I did not take a chance and said to my self, I will wait for the official releas from comex. I will not instal a stolen unconfirmed beta version of JailBreakMe 3.0 on my $800 iPad 2.

    Do all the blogs copy each other on storys. Like would you have to ask for permission to use the story they posted in their blog, because I read this story on iClarified like an hour ago. I’ve also seen blogs take storys from iDB and copy and paste them on their sites.

    • Manuel

      Every one does it, then puts a link to the original poster. Still, iDB, iClarified, TiPb, and so on can’t go word for word. It’s plagrism still unless the whole story has quotations from beginning to end. Either way, every site does it. Still think these kids are bs about their story. I think they got the jb and just gave it to friends, so now that it gave them a negative outlook, they want to switch their story up.

  • faziii

    everyone knows its comex’s jailbreak so the ppl who leaked it just earned humiliation for themselves
    its comex jailbreak so wat if it is a bit early

  • babeh

    first, there a big indication that ipad2 can be jailbroken at least 4 ios firmware, thats is a goodnews. The bad thing, not everyone has got, or success jb. And apple just already copied the pdf 4.3 that link given on your site, sebastien.So comex has a limited time before 4.3.4 launch, and people should have saved their shsh.

  • v

    I think all can understand the curiosity. And more so when it’s the iPad2 JB. Yet the facts read like this, hacks/snoops site, finds files, then trolls it, then sends it to stranger, stranger youtubes to world…hmm, not smart, not innocent, but understanding the motivation and mechanics it’s clearly a blunder but not so-o malevolent, oh well. ethics is the lesson of the day?

  • DomPerignon

    This is the typical bs story from immature teenagers.

  • Travis

    I used it on my ipad2 16gb wifi and it works like a charm. Thanks comex!! Only wish it was the official release. Oh well it will hold me over until the you release it. And if you don’t? Maybe I’ll make a fortune on eBay with it.

  • i hope ur ipad bricks its people like u that give the honest man a bad name DONT RELEASE IT COMEX !!!!!!!!!

    • Ok well I do feel bad on comex’s behalf you can’t blame or get mad at everyone who has used the leaked copy. I am even using it right now and will gladly donate to comex’s once the official jailbreak is released. The fact that I’ve had a paper weight sitting in my room for 6 months made me eager to try the leak. It seems very stable and the only issue that I’ve seen is the iPad camera kit doesn’t work anymore (I’ve confirmed it)

      • Pirates Suck

        The iPad 2 is FAR from a paper weight without a jailbreak.

        Geez people…


    Whatever the real story is, there’s one thing it proves: THERE ARE REAL DUMB PEOPLE OUT THERE, that will ruin all other’s work (and sometimes life) just for their fun.

    DUMB, DUMB, DUMB, DUMB… How many more can I repeat that?

  • NOT ENOUGH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ernesto Castellanos

    Haha. He was not the only curious one out there… Cuz, out of pure coincidence I was looking through comex’s site on the same day. And saw the same folder. I looked into it and downloaded the folder. I realized it was a jailbreak for the ipad2 and I deleted it. I knew something like this would happen since i saw comex’s tweet about the site… It was comex’s fault in the end…

  • Tr0jan69

    I don’t really care about the moral issue, I just want the jailbreak. I haven’t updated, my ipad2 it still on 4.3 waiting……..

  • Mulder

    FAKE. Here you have a famous hacker @COMEX that leaves his directories for everyone to see? That’s too unbelievable.

  • Stomper709

    I have an iPad 2 and am using it to write this… And that’s about it… until it’s jailbroken. *little more than a paper weight but almost just as useless w/o a jailbreak.

  • Comicon

    This is crap, keeping the jailbreak only for him is crap
    we have been waiting too long , why you need to wait for a special date just relase it and periot

    common comex give us the good news now we hace wait too long now