Comex getting ready to intern at Google

By Sébastien Page on Apr 24, 2013

If there is someone in the hacking community that is filling up his resume with some of the top tech companies, that would be Nicholas Allegra, aka Comex. Although he hasn’t been really active in the iOS community since he released JailbreakMe 3.0, the young hacker hasn’t been resting on his laurels either.

After carrying out an internship for Apple in 2011 (which was terminated in October 2012), Comex has now announced on Twitter that he is going to intern at Google… Read More

 

Comex no longer working at Apple [Updated]

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2012

Nicholas Allegra, a.k.a.Comex — the iOS hacker responsible for the popular jailbreak tool JailbreakMe — has parted ways with Apple after interning there for a little over a year.

Last August, Comex broke the news that sent shockwaves through the jailbreak community, announcing that he would be joining the very company whose security he’d successfully undermined more than once.

Is it possible that Comex might pick up where he left off in the jailbreak community? Read More

 

US Government would’ve paid Comex $250,000 for exclusive use of JailbreakMe

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2012

Jailbreak community owes a lot to adept hackers who find and exploit weaknesses in the design of iOS mobile operating system, thus allowing Apple’s mobile gadgets to run unsanctioned software. It’s more often than not a neverending cat-and-mouse game between Apple and hackers that at the end benefits jailbreakers the most.

Say you’re an expert hacker who just figured an exploit in one of Apple’s products. You could report your findings directly to Apple and help them plug those holes with a software update.

But did you know you could also hand over this valuable information to an exploit broker who will sell it to a government agency and net you a decent profit, minus the broker’s commission? A U.S. government agency, to be precise… Read More

 

JailbreakMe.com is Dead

By Alex Heath on Oct 7, 2011

JailbreakMe, the wildly popular web-based jailbreak tool created by comex, is no more. Comex recently announced that he had been hired by Apple, and the JailbreakMe.com domain has been owned by a third party for quite some time.

MuscleNerd, frontman for the Dev Team, has warned jailbreakers to stay clear of JailbreakMe.com from now on… Read More

 

Chronic-Dev Team “Actively Working” on the iOS 5 Untethered Jailbreak

By Alex Heath on Sep 15, 2011

As we near the public launch of iOS 5, many jailbreakers are wondering what the future holds. It was originally thought that Apple was out to kill jailbreaking in iOS 5, and many became even more worried when famed hacker Comex announced that he had been hired by Apple. Was the end drawing near?

We can all rest assured that jailbreaking is alive and well. And after months of there being no untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 or the last two releases of iOS 4, the Chronic-Dev Team has said that it is “actively working” on an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5… Read More

 

Did Apple Hire Jailbreak Hacker Comex Out of Embarrassment?

By Alex Heath on Sep 1, 2011

Apple recently hired prolific jailbreak hacker Nicholas Allegra, aka Comex. He is well known for his work on the web based jailbreak tool JailbreakMe. He was also the first person to publish a jailbreak for the iPad 2.

Comex’s hacking abilities have been compared to that of high-level cyber criminal that attacks government infrastructures. Being singlehandedly responsible for Apple releasing new versions of iOS to patch his exploits, many believed that Comex was hired by Apple to work on patching security vulnerabilities from the inside.

We’ve learned that Apple could have hired Comex for more than just his talent… Read More

 

Comex Answers Your Questions

By Sébastien Page on Aug 29, 2011

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… Read More

 

The Cat and Mouse Game Between Apple and Jailbreakers is Only Just Beginning

By Alex Heath on Aug 29, 2011

Following the news that famed jailbreak hacker Comex was hired by Apple, many in the community called it the “beginning of the end” for jailbreakers. Apple is proving to be smarter than everyone thought. If you can’t beat ‘em, hire ‘em, right?

With iOS 5 set for a public release this Fall, the cat and mouse game between Apple and jailbreakers is not over. It’s only just beginning… Read More

 

Comex, Father of JailbreakMe, Has Been Hired by Apple

By Alex Heath on Aug 25, 2011

It was only a matter of time. 19-year-old Nicholas Allegra, better known as infamous iOS hacker Comex, has announced that he has accepted a job with Apple in Cupertino.

Comex has been responsible for many famous jailbreaks, most notably his web based tool called JailbreakMe. He is a well respected member of the jailbreak community, and we wish him the best with his future endeavors at Apple. Read More

 

Weird iOS Glitches Allow You to Fake FaceTime Calls and More

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2011

Apple’s iOS platform is considered to be one of the safest mobile operating systems in the industry. A major reason for that is how strict Steve Jobs and company have been with their mobile ecosystem.

There’s very few bugs or glitches in iOS, and ones that are found get patched fairly quickly. That being said,  JailbreakMe 3 creator Comex tweeted a couple of interesting links yesterday that make iOS do some weird  stuff when accessed through Mobile Safari… Read More

 

Comex Wins a Pwnie Award for his JailbreakMe Exploit, GeoHot Wins Best Song

By Cody Lee on Aug 4, 2011

For those who aren’t familiar with the event, the Pwnie Awards is an annual awards show celebrating failures and achievements in the security community. This year’s ceremony took place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the BlackHat security conference.

All together there were 9 awards handed out, and it probably won’t surprise you that a certain iDevice hacker took home one of them. As a matter of fact, 2 well known members of the jailbreak community ended up taking home Pwnies… Read More

 

Forbes Highlights Jailbreak Hacker Comex

By Sébastien Page on 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… Read More

 

JailbreakMe is Now Open Source

By Alex Heath on Jul 19, 2011

JailbreakMe 3.0 is a web-based jailbreak tool that provides an untethered jailbreak for all iDevices on iOS 4.3.3, including the iPad 2.

The hacker behind JailbreakMe, Comex, has officially made the code for JailbreakMe open source. His jailbreak code, called “saffron,” is now available for anyone to view on GitHub. Read More

 

JailbreakMe Used 2,000,000 Times, Responsible for Jailbreaking 1% of All iDevices

By Sébastien Page on Jul 10, 2011

JailbreakMe was released just a few days ago and has already had fulgurant success. Twelve hours after its launch, 500,000 iDevices had already been jailbroken. Fastforward a few days later, and JailbreakMe has now been used over 2,000,000 times.

The news that came this morning via Chpwn’s Twitter account reveals with a quick calculation that JailbreakMe is responsible for jailbreaking 1% of all iPhones, iPads and iPods in the world… Read More

 
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