Forbes Highlights Jailbreak Hacker Comex

By , Aug 1, 2011

If you’ve ever considered jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, no doubt you’ve heard about an iOS hacker going by the handle Comex, the guy who discovered several important exploits, and the creator of JailbreakMe.

Besides his Twitter handle, we don’t know much about Comex. A Forbes journalist did a bit of digging and found out who Comex really is, and managed to talk to him…

This Forbes article doesn’t tell us much about Comex, but it gives enough to finally be able to put a face on a name.

These are a few extracts from the article:

Nicholas Allegra lives with his parents in Chappaqua, New York. The tall, shaggy-haired and bespectacled 19-year old has been on leave from Brown University since last winter, looking for an internship. [...]

“It feels like editing an English paper,” Allegra says simply, his voice croaking as if he just woke up, though we’re speaking at 9:30 pm. “You just go through and look for errors. I don’t know why I seem to be so effective at it.” [...]

Dino Dai Zovi, co-author of the Mac Hacker’s Handbook, says JailbreakMe’s sophistication is on par with that of Stuxnet, a worm thought to have been designed by the Israeli or U.S. government to infect Iran’s nuclear facilities. He compares Allegra’s skills to the state-sponsored intruders that plague corporations and governments, what the cybersecurity industry calls “advanced-persistent threat” hackers: “He’s probably five years ahead of them,” says Dai Zovi. [...]

He calls himself an Apple “fanboy,” and describes Android’s more open platform as “the enemy.” “I guess it’s just about the challenge, more than anything else,” he says. [...]

The young hacker taught himself to code in the programming language Visual Basic at the age of nine, gleaning tricks from Web forums. “By the time I took a computer science class in high school, I already knew everything,” he says. When he found that he couldn’t save a screenshot from the Nintendo Wii video game Super Smash Brothers to his computer, he spent hours deciphering the file, and later worked on other Wii hacks, getting a feel for its obscure operating system.

The article doesn’t really go in depth about who Comex is, but it’s nice to learn a little more about our favorite iOS hacker.

You can read the full article here.

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  • kokhean

    He looks like your average New Yorker, but he is a legend in iOS jailbreaking history. You might have met him before without even realizing it!

  • cp

    @Comex did not create jailbreakme! he just utilized for the first time since 1.1.1.

    • kokhean

      He did create the exploits for JBMe 2.0 and 3.0 though.

    • Kurt

      yeah i corrected Alex when he said the same thing a couple weeks ago (then he promptly deleted my comment and corrected his blog post). this is my favorite site for iphone related news but you can’t believe everything you read here. too many errors, especially from Sebastien.

  • James

    He looks like a cross between Geohot and a Jewish mans beard … (No disrespect to any Jews out there lol)

    • brian089

      This Is brilliant young man. The Old Saying you don’t judge a Book by it’s cover it’s whats Inside!

  • http://gmail Tbv

    I don’t care what he looks like. What he does earned him great respect in the jailbreak community. Keep on doing the great job you are doing. We appreciate your hard work.

  • BLiNK

    looks like a pretty cool guy to me

  • LT

    Comex, u are the man!!!!!! Because of you, I love my iPad 2

  • Omar

    Wow, only 19…

  • babiloe

    Comex please finish your degree at Brown.

  • Al

    Solution please, how can i restore my previews camera roll, after i uninstall swapcameraroll, all pictures on my cameraroll displayed black.

  • Zen

    Comex – ditch Brown, go to MIT, work on Sixth Sense and make a phone better than the iPhone!

  • http://www.jailbreakme.com elex

    this is bullshit im tired of try to jailbreak my ipod and it cant jailbreak 4.3.4