After being featured in a Forbes article last month, jailbreak prodigy and all around hacker Comex started to draw attention outside of the jailbreak scene. As a matter of fact, the folks at Apple started paying attention to the point that they offered him a job. Our loss, their gain.

Of course, questions started popping up in every jailbreaker’s mind. Will Comex give away his exploits to Apple? Will he keep working on jailbreaks and exploits? Will he keep JailbreakMe alive? Many questions that remained unanswered, until today…

Comex is not the kind of guy who likes to get media attention, which is probably why he never accepted to do an interview with us, or anyone else but Forbes for that matter. He, however, decided to answer many of the questions people have on Reddit.

Here is a selection:

Question: After your internship with Apple and after iOS 5 is officially released, will you continue to support the jailbreak community by providing exploits?

Comex: No.

Edit: But I’ll want to jailbreak my phone, so I hope someone finds them :p

Q: Why an intern position though? It seems like you could carry a regular position at apple.
How has the core jailbreak dev teams responded to you going to work forapple?

Comex: I don’t know if I’d want to do that- I’ve never had a job before and I don’t know what it’s like- and I intend to go back to college soon.
Mostly with congratulations.

Have you made any money from the jb scene?

Comex: I’ve made a good amount of money through donations, which is mostly being used to help pay for college. JailbreakMe 2.0 was like $40,000; 3.0 was $15,000 (not quite sure why it decreased).

The jailbreak community took a huge hit when you left. Do you think the active players can outsmart you now that you’re playing for the other team, or are you Apple’s final solution to their jailbreak problem?

Comex: There are a lot of smart people working for Apple already; maybe I can help, but I doubt I can stop people from finding exploits.

Can you give any insight on how apple views the Jailbreak communities mods?

Comex: I have no idea.

As a huge open book for them to steal take ideas from.

Comex: I certainly don’t mind. Jailbreak community puts an idea in front of people with a crappy implemenation; Apple polishes it to the point where it can be an OS feature. I don’t know whether Apple actually pays attention to jailbreak apps, but see App Store, copy and paste, multitasking, etc…

Do you have any regrets?

Comex: I should have worked on these jailbreaks more consistently, and released them more quickly; I’ve had several exploits fixed on me that could have been used in a jailbreak if I was quicker at packaging.

What, besides money, made you flip to the other side?

Comex: It’s not about money. A large part of my motivation to jailbreak was always the challenge; the internship will be a new sort of challenge.

Will the current jailbreaks and/or the site disappear?

Comex: No, I’ll hand them over to MuscleNerd or chpwn or whoever will take care of them.

There are a few more questions answered on Reddit, but don’t expect Comex to talk about his new position at Apple. It’s obviously classified information.

We’ll miss Comex, but we wish him the best.

  • QuarterSwede

    Apple will make him sign an NDA. That’s definitely restrict what he can do once he leaves Apple.

  • prplaya420

    ya dude, i want to say good luck, but to me ur a traitor lol. but its ok you got to make that money.

    • mikelite

      traitor’s a pretty shitty word to use. The dude’s done so much for the jb community & he’s always said it was about the challenge for him. This is like being called up to the mothership man! Give the kid a break, he’s done right by us & others will step up to help out

      • Rick

        You sound like a douche trying to sound nice so people would like you, douche bag!

  • Rick

    Yeah well if I was offered an internship I’d do the same, ‘Fuck u jailbreak community, I work for Apple now’. So all in all, I can’t blame comex’s decision.

  • Johncon68

    That’s all you made from 2 million JBs on jbm3 £15.000 I’d run to apple as well ppl should ov shown u ur worth and donating instead of free riding ur work.

    • Yes, I agree with John, we need to support the jailbreakers who add value – to only get $40K and $15K for well over 2M downloads????

      He would have made more selling the “app” on the iTunes app store for $0.99 each and giving Apple their 30%.

      Come on guys, if you find value – donate! Or, we’ll see many more jailbreakers move over to Apple!

      – Eric

      • Fabio Rodrigues


  • iXanczy

    If Comex joins Apple would be a great loss for the jailbreak communiti (JBC)
    But mabye it could turn out great! Apple, and us users might get something great out of it. If Comex get to share the thoughts and ideas from the JBC inside Apple, just imagine.
    Best luck to you Comex!

    • iXanczy

      …joins Apple IT would…
      …jailbreak communitY…

  • C’mon guys give him a break…why anybody would reject the offer from Apple. He has a right to earn…at the end of the day he has to feed himself…

    Keep rocking man. Hope to see some good features and less vulnerable iOS firmware

  • Mark

    I WISH I DIDN’T GIVE HIM DONATION!!!!!!. Probably thats how he afforded it.

    • Trackrabbit

      Shut the fuck up you half-retarded inbred dolt.

      Your post should have read: I WISH MY MOM DIDN’T GET AN ABORTION

  • Upscale71

    Comex did the right thing, the kid has to eat. Besides, he’s a stand up dude, I know because I donated, & the other dudes he leaves the sites to will take care of us because they’re good @ what they do. Congrats to Comex.