Apple by now has significant engineering ability at its disposal, but the company is obviously adding one more set of hands to the mix, only to keep things interesting. Nicholas Allegra, also known as Comex, has revealed that he is accepted on an internship at Apple. It would not awfully be unusual to hear about a bright 19-year-old taking on an internship at Apple, except that Allegra is the author of JailbreakMe 2 and JailbreakMe 3, two hacks which allowed iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad possessors to step outside of curated application universe of Apple and run any software they like on their gadgets.
Allegra wrote on his Twitter, “It’s been really, really fun, but it’s also been a while and I’ve been getting bored. So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple.”
JailBreakMe 2 and 3 used Web-based exploits to release iOS gadgets with a single click to a particularly crafted PDF file that demoralized a weakness in the iOS PDF interpreter. The effect was a Web site that could break iOS gadgets free of Apple’s tether with a single click. Apple moved quickly to close the gaps, yet in the previous month the potential malicious use of the same exploit caused Germany to issue a consumer alert for iOS gadgets.
Allegra did not say what he will be working on at Apple. The apparent guess would be mobile gadget security, but there are certainly some projects at Apple that could hold his interest.
Apple has admitted to being an Apple fan, and says he did not see his jailbreaks as a fight against a Big Brother-like Apple.