Comex, developer of the revolutionary JailbreakMe 3.0 tool for iOS 4, has just announced via Twitter that he will soon be interning at Google, just six months after ending his employment with Apple. Some felt the motives behind Apple’s hiring of Comex, real name Nicholas Allegra, were to essentially suppress his powers and prevent him from actively jailbreaking, but with Google now on the scene, hopefully he can get back to doing what he does best.
The hacker, who is regarded by many to be one of the world’s very best, caused something of a stir a couple of years ago with the release of the insanely easy-to-use JailbreakMe 3.0 tool, which allowed iOS device owners to free their iPhones and iPads from the Cupertino shackles by simply pointing to a webpage and performing a simple "swipe to jailbreak" gesture.
More astonishing than the jailbreak itself, however, was the fact that the guy behind it was a 19-year-old Browns University student, and from that point on, Comex has been seen as something of a cult figure in hacking circles.
Apple swiftly hired him up, but after almost a year, they parted ways for what seemed to be rather trivial reasons. Since that incident in October, we’ve heard very little from him, until the tweet on Tuesday which read:
In other news, I’m going to intern for Google in a few weeks
Apple’s reasons for letting Comex move on were cited as lack of correspondence to an email that was sent to negotiate an extension to his employment, but many think Apple simply wanted to keep such a potent hacker like Comex away from the jailbreaking scene.
Now set to enter the doors over at Mountain View, one would hope the Big G will fully utilize the raw talents of this guy to mutual benefit, but although we may naturally presume Google would want to use him to help improve the security of Android, he has stated in the past that he’s never been much of a fan of the Google mobile ecosystem, which he doesn’t "like enough to ever want to hack."
Regardless, with an already strong team building powerful apps and software, Google knows how to get things done, and with a prodigy like Comex on board, we’ll be watching very closely indeed to see what comes of it.