Apple Fires iPhone Hacker Comex
Nicholas Allegra says he forgot to respond to a company e-mail.
Nicholas Allegra, also known as Comex, recently tweeted that he had been fired from an internship at Apple.
"'So...no point in delaying. As of last week, after about a year, I'm no longer associated with Apple,' wrote Comex, who has more than 196,000 followers," writes Computerworld's Jeremy Kirk. "He wrote the reason is that he failed to respond to an email from the company."
"When I followed up with Allegra in a phone call, he explained that the email he forgot to answer was an offer to continue his employment at Apple as a remote intern," writes Forbes' Andy Greenberg. "At Apple, apparently, offer letters are taken rather seriously, and Allegra soon learned that his had been rescinded. 'I wasn’t too happy about it, but it didn’t seem like I was able to fix it,' he says. 'So that’s what it is.'"
"The talented young security expert says he doesn't plan to work on new jailbreak tools for iOS in the near future," writes DailyTech's Jason Mick. "According to Forbes, the unspoken reason for this is that likely his contract with Apple stipulates a period of restriction in which he cannot work on reverse engineering the company's products. That contract term may last years."
"A jailbreak for iOS 6 is being worked by other brilliant hackers in the jailbreak community, most notably pod2g and the Chronic Dev Team," writes Cult of Mac's Alex Heath. "Dev Team member planetbeing tweeted ... that he has Cydia tweaks running on a jailbroken iPhone 5, and he’s one step closer to a tethered (and then eventually untethered) jailbreak. It will take some time before a full iOS 6 jailbreak is ready for the public, but it’s definitely being worked on. Who knows how much faster the process would go if Allegra hopped back on board."