Forensic data analysis expert, iOS security researcher and former jailbreak developer Jonathan Zdziarski has officially joined Apple. Zdziarski announced today he accepted a position with Apple’s Security Engineering and Architecture team, but it’s unclear when he might be starting work at Apple. Zdziarski, who at times could be critical of Apple’s security efforts, says he’s joined the iPhone maker because he’s so passionate about protecting the security and privacy of others.

“Privacy is sacred. Our digital lives can reveal so much about us—our interests, our deepest thoughts and even who we love. I am thrilled to be working with such an exceptional group of people who share a passion to protect that,” he wrote.

Zdziarski used to regularly provide insightful commentary on a range of topics dealing with iCloud issues and data syncing policies. He’s never shied away from slamming Apple over iOS security flaws and vulnerabilities or providing technical explanations related to such topics as the diagnostic capabilities of iOS, user privacy and more.

Known as “NerveGas” within the jailbreaking community, Zdziarski used to be part of the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team. His Twitter account appears to have been disabled, likely due to his employment at Apple.

We fully expect him to stop tweeting and commenting on Apple’s security efforts now that he’s officially part of the company’s Security Engineering and Architecture team.

Source: Jonathan Zdziarski

  • Mark S

    Good for NerveGas! Glad to see all his hard work paying off over the years with a job like this.

  • I am

    ha ha ha…basically @apple admitted that their own engineers are shit at security and also the fact that they will never be able to stop jailbreaking of iOS. suck it up Tim Cook.

    • I think you are missing the point. Apple didn’t admit anything by hiring JZ. If anything, they admitted that they are so committed to security and privacy that they are willing to hire the best people in this area of expertise. This is a big win for Apple security-wise.

      Apple just can’t rely on its existing pool of employees. They have to look outside too. That’s how you grow. Thats how you make your teams stronger.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Make that Jay-Z!

      • I am

        Wow, really? I mean there are so many security researchers out there. Why hire someone who used to crack iOS? From history, we know VERY WELL, Apple doesn’t like people who highlight ANY problem with their products. Remember the lost iphone 4 issue? Steve Jobs famously said “i won’t let it slide” even after they had recovered the device.

        This guy has been openly critical of Apple. So to see Apple hire him is ofcourse admission that they can’t keep iOS secure without expertise of people they once considered “bad guys”.

        I will make sure you understand that statement. Apple doesn’t explicitly ever say that jailbreakers are bad guys but why do they void hardware warranty of iPhone if iOS is jailbroken? I mean you don’t need to be an expert to understand that NO software, for example, can stop the home button working or speaker from working and so on. But its clear, you do something they don’t like, they basically show you two fingers.

        If you really think it is not a failure on Apple’s part, why don’t they disclose their internal discussions about jailbreak community when the very same guy had contributed to jailbreak.

        Its only recently that they started recognising the work of jailbreakers as we see in the release notes of iOS fixes. That change seems to have happened after Cook came to power. But the arrogance that Jobs had instilled is not completely gone just yet.

        The real winner is us, the customers. While I personally prefer jailbroken iPhone, I do value security and privacy for the majority of the users.

        I can tell you this much though. The expression on the final decision maker of this recruitment would have been a grunt and not a smile.


  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Todesco next!

    • Nirvana

      uh….no not anytime soon

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        What the heck are you doing, meddling with tech, shouldn’t you be meditating or something?

  • Andrieux Querido

    I miss Jailbreak 🙁

  • Jeff Laing

    It will be interesting to see what happens to Little Flocker. If *that* becomes part of the OS, the game changes significantly for those who really want to keep their computers secure from prying eyes. If it remains a separate product, one would imagine there would be all sorts of conflicts-of-interest to be cleared. And if it disappears completely, I’ll be really annoyed.