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MacRumors
Aug 1, 2011, 02:51 PM
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Comex (https://twitter.com/#!/COMEX), the anonymous hacker behind JailbreakMe.com, a website that enables easy jailbreaking of iOS devices, has been unmasked (http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/08/01/meet-comex-the-iphone-uber-hacker-who-keeps-outsmarting-apple/) by Forbes.
Nicholas Allegra lives with his parents in Chappaqua, New York. The tall, shaggy-haired and bespectacled 19-year old has been on leave from Brown University since last winter, looking for an internship...

He calls himself an Apple "fanboy," and describes Android's more open platform as "the enemy." "I guess it's just about the challenge, more than anything else," he says.Allegra describes jailbreaking as "like editing an English paper... You just go through and look for errors. I don't know why I seem to be so effective at it."

The Forbes article ends by wondering (http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/08/01/meet-comex-the-iphone-uber-hacker-who-keeps-outsmarting-apple/2/) if Apple's security team needs a new intern. It wouldn't be the first time a jailbreaker ended up at Infinite Loop. Earlier this year MobileNotifier developer Peter Hajas was picked up (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/03/apple-has-hired-mobilenotifier-developer-peter-hajas/) as an Apple summer intern.

Article Link: Hacker Behind JailbreakMe.com Identified As Brown University Student (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/01/hacker-behind-jailbreakme-com-identified-as-brown-university-student/)



greytmom
Aug 1, 2011, 02:59 PM
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Oh my God. I didn't think they even used computers at Hogwarts.

norrismantooth
Aug 1, 2011, 03:00 PM
Anyone who hacks for a living would be stupid to work for the company that makes the very devices he professionally hacks. This would be a huge blow to the jailbreak community.

King Flamez1
Aug 1, 2011, 03:01 PM
lol i thought this was going to be a racist post

nylonsteel
Aug 1, 2011, 03:01 PM
re the hacker picture
harry potter

Apple OC
Aug 1, 2011, 03:03 PM
no doubt he will be hired by Apple ... to continue leaking future jailbreakme 5, 6 and 7 ....

GFLPraxis
Aug 1, 2011, 03:03 PM
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Comex also made some other notable jailbreaks, including especially the Wii after Nintendo closed the original hole (bannerbomb was comex, IIRC). I vaguely remember talking to him briefly once, I think on IRC.

Seems like a talented guy.

ThatDudeF
Aug 1, 2011, 03:06 PM
Give him an Internship? Are you serious - if Apple doesn't give this kid a job then someone else quickly will!

iphone4
Aug 1, 2011, 03:13 PM
Give him an Internship? Are you serious - if Apple doesn't give this kid a job then someone else quickly will!

The guy's a genius. He'd be welcome where I work.

itsalexaye
Aug 1, 2011, 03:20 PM
i have a man crush on this guy! haha

love jailbreakme.com though :)

nylonsteel
Aug 1, 2011, 03:22 PM
Give him an Internship? Are you serious - if Apple doesn't give this kid a job then someone else quickly will!

Yeah if i were aapl security team i would offer him about 90k per year plus some aapl stock options - plus make him sign a very tight non disclosure agreement
pretty good for a 19yo kiddo

fsck-y dingo
Aug 1, 2011, 03:23 PM
Just in case someone here is interested.

Comex article at Forbes.com (http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/08/01/meet-comex-the-iphone-uber-hacker-who-keeps-outsmarting-apple/)

It's cool to have Comex as a local (while school is in session) geek celebrity.

Edit - I just wanted to say this post was moved into this thread. I wouldn't knowingly post information in a thread that's already been said in the original post. :)

nagromme
Aug 1, 2011, 03:26 PM
Anyone who hacks for a living would be stupid to work for the company that makes the very devices he professionally hacks. This would be a huge blow to the jailbreak community.

Why would taking any job be stupid, if you enjoy the job and it pays well enough?

Talented guy!

the8thark
Aug 1, 2011, 03:27 PM
Anyone who hacks for a living would be stupid to work for the company that makes the very devices he professionally hacks. This would be a huge blow to the jailbreak community.
The hacker would not care about the hacking community then. He'll get a job hacking and he'll be sweetly set.

dukebound85
Aug 1, 2011, 03:28 PM
lol i thought this was going to be a racist post

really now?

norrismantooth
Aug 1, 2011, 04:05 PM
The hacker would not care about the hacking community then. He'll get a job hacking and he'll be sweetly set.

Exactly my point. We're all effed if he signs with Apple. What are the jail breakers (myself, and others) going to do if this 19 yo kid can't provide jailbreaks anymore?

Dwalls90
Aug 1, 2011, 04:11 PM
Just in case someone here is interested.

Comex article at Forbes.com (http://blogs.forbes.com/andygreenberg/2011/08/01/meet-comex-the-iphone-uber-hacker-who-keeps-outsmarting-apple/)

It's cool to have Comex as a local (while school is in session) geek celebrity.

Indeed, down the street for me! Cool stuff, maybe he'll get picked up by some large company like Facebook did to "you-know-who" ;)

strabes
Aug 1, 2011, 04:11 PM
Exactly my point. We're all effed if he signs with Apple. What are the jail breakers (myself, and others) going to do if this 19 yo kid can't provide jailbreaks anymore?

How would that make him stupid?

tempusfugit
Aug 1, 2011, 04:13 PM
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I don't understand why Forbes tried so hard to dox comex. He would have just as soon stayed anonymous.

JayHD
Aug 1, 2011, 04:14 PM
Chappaqua, NY - The iPhone hacking community was stunned today when it was revealed that the longtime firmware hacker known as "comex" is actually famed Gryffindor wizard Harry Potter.

Potter, who dropped out of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft shortly before entering his senior year, has been attending Brown University under the alias "Nicholas Allegra". His accomplishments include hacking the Nintendo Wii, jailbreaking several iOS versions, and perhaps most notably, defeating the legendary evil wizard Voldemort during a cease-fire at the infamous "Battle of Hogwarts".

Potter's unmasking at Brown isn't a complete surprise. His close friend and confidant Hermione Granger had been spotted around the Brown campus at various times throughout 2009 and 2010. Potter's girlfriend, and likely future wife Ginerva "Ginny" Weasley has not been seen at the school, however that hasn't stopped the student body from arguing whether she is "kinda cute", "smokin' hot", or "a bit of a butterface".

More on this story as it develops...

TsunamiTheClown
Aug 1, 2011, 04:34 PM
i wonder if he revealed his identity or if he was discovered?
i have not read the interview...
No biggie i think this kid is OK either way. Right on.

//edit: 'has been unmasked by Forbes' oh darn...

B777Forevar
Aug 1, 2011, 04:36 PM
Won't surprise me if he gets a job with Apple....also, he needs a haircut.

Kissaragi
Aug 1, 2011, 04:49 PM
Chappaqua, NY - The iPhone hacking community was stunned today when it was revealed that the longtime firmware hacker known as "comex" is actually famed Gryffindor wizard Harry Potter.

Potter, who dropped out of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft shortly before entering his senior year, has been attending Brown University under the alias "Nicholas Allegra". His accomplishments include hacking the Nintendo Wii, jailbreaking several iOS versions, and perhaps most notably, defeating the legendary evil wizard Voldemort during a cease-fire at the infamous "Battle of Hogwarts".

Potter's unmasking at Brown isn't a complete surprise. His close friend and confidant Hermione Granger had been spotted around the Brown campus at various times throughout 2009 and 2010. Potter's girlfriend, and likely future wife Ginerva "Ginny" Weasley has not been seen at the school, however that hasn't stopped the student body from arguing whether she is "kinda cute", "smokin' hot", or "a bit of a butterface".

More on this story as it develops...

Awesome!

neko girl
Aug 1, 2011, 05:27 PM
Comex is awesome, and congrats on the Forbes story!

Shunnabunich
Aug 1, 2011, 06:14 PM
Chappaqua, NY - The iPhone hacking community was stunned today when it was revealed that the longtime firmware hacker known as "comex" is actually famed Gryffindor wizard Harry Potter.

Potter, who dropped out of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft shortly before entering his senior year, has been attending Brown University under the alias "Nicholas Allegra". His accomplishments include hacking the Nintendo Wii, jailbreaking several iOS versions, and perhaps most notably, defeating the legendary evil wizard Voldemort during a cease-fire at the infamous "Battle of Hogwarts".

Potter's unmasking at Brown isn't a complete surprise. His close friend and confidant Hermione Granger had been spotted around the Brown campus at various times throughout 2009 and 2010. Potter's girlfriend, and likely future wife Ginerva "Ginny" Weasley has not been seen at the school, however that hasn't stopped the student body from arguing whether she is "kinda cute", "smokin' hot", or "a bit of a butterface".

More on this story as it develops...

This gets me thinking...they made a movie about Mark Zuckerberg, maybe they could get Daniel Radcliffe to play this guy in the inevitable movie about jailbreaking. :D

touchmonkey
Aug 1, 2011, 06:19 PM
Maybe he'd get Apple to do some of the things you currently have to jailbreak to do.
Disregard.
I suck.
More like the opposite?
They won't have to adopt features available to jailbreakers, if jailbreaking is made harder (because of his absence).

Or both.

After all, we are in a quantum, not Aristotelian universe.
But I could be wrong about that.
And I reserve the right to be wrong.

42streetsdown
Aug 1, 2011, 08:23 PM
Anyone who hacks for a living would be stupid to work for the company that makes the very devices he professionally hacks. This would be a huge blow to the jailbreak community.

Most people in the hacking community do what they do for free!

You be silly yo

Rajani Isa
Aug 1, 2011, 09:27 PM
Most people in the hacking community do what they do for free!

You be silly yo

But, he owes us those jailbreaks! He'll be sued if he stops! :p

eastercat
Aug 1, 2011, 10:28 PM
His twitter picture has been of a blonde haired Draco lookalike. It's ironic that he looks more like Harry Potter.

skottichan
Aug 2, 2011, 12:07 AM
Exactly my point. We're all effed if he signs with Apple. What are the jail breakers (myself, and others) going to do if this 19 yo kid can't provide jailbreaks anymore?Behave like proper, legitimate consumers perhaps?

marksman
Aug 2, 2011, 02:40 AM
Anyone who hacks for a living would be stupid to work for the company that makes the very devices he professionally hacks. This would be a huge blow to the jailbreak community.

I am not sure you understand what the word "stupid" means.

Gasu E.
Aug 2, 2011, 07:38 AM
This gets me thinking...they made a movie about Mark Zuckerberg, maybe they could get Daniel Radcliffe to play this guy in the inevitable movie about jailbreaking. :D

The "look" is all in the haircut and glasses. They could outfit any actor of the appropriate age to look like this.

itsalexaye
Aug 2, 2011, 07:45 AM
so when are they gonna start the movie for @comex and jailbreakme.com?

JustinDaigle
Aug 2, 2011, 10:23 AM
https://twitter.com/comex/status/89729727417421825
Old news, by about a month.

skottichan
Aug 2, 2011, 01:39 PM
LOL, aww, my last post has a negative rating. I'm sorry, software pirates, did I deeply offend you with my mocking of your sense of entitlement towards illegal behavior?

Acartiaga
Aug 2, 2011, 06:54 PM
Kids pretty talented.

Shunnabunich
Aug 2, 2011, 07:07 PM
LOL, aww, my last post has a negative rating. I'm sorry, software pirates, did I deeply offend you with my mocking of your sense of entitlement towards illegal behavior?

Wow. Really? If you equate all iOS jailbreaking with software piracy, you deserved the neg.

skottichan
Aug 2, 2011, 10:48 PM
Wow. Really? If you equate all iOS jailbreaking with software piracy, you deserved the neg.Wow. Really? If you equate all iOS jailbreaking with legitimate use, you're rather naive. Especially as Apple sees the writing on the wall and legitimately buys up people who create some aftermarket favorites to integrate into the real iOS, there are fewer and fewer genuinely believable excuses for a 'need' to jailbreak anything.

Shunnabunich
Aug 3, 2011, 09:41 AM
Wow. Really? If you equate all iOS jailbreaking with legitimate use, you're rather naive.
I didn't. I agree and acknowledge that there's a lot of software piracy happening on iOS, which jailbreaking enables. That was never in dispute. Your prior posts implied that there were no legitimate reasons to jailbreak, only piracy, and that's what I objected to.

Especially as Apple sees the writing on the wall and legitimately buys up people who create some aftermarket favorites to integrate into the real iOS, there are fewer and fewer genuinely believable excuses for a 'need' to jailbreak anything.
There's some writing they let themselves read, and other bits they studiously ignore (at least for the time being, or, in the case of theming, likely until their dying breath). Does that mean that any jailbreak-dependent hacks or alterations should be required to meet some arbitrary "importance threshold" for any jailbreaking to be allowed to take place? I don't think so.

Jailbreaking itself is perfectly legal, as I know you know, and allows what is pretty clearly the overall best mobile OS out there to be improved further in specific areas where people perceive failings. (Apple's philosophy of simplifying user experiences enough for 80% of people, or rather, how far they take that as a practice, doesn't always sit well with the other 20% should they have to suffer Android just for the sake of a few extra features, or start with the solid foundation of iOS and make up the difference through Cydia?)

It's evident from even a quick glance at your other posts that you're no troll. There's no need to take an absolutist, "us-or-them" stance regarding this subject, either. Granted, piracy is a troubling problem, but it doesn't eclipse the many positive uses of jailbreaking, most of which I would say are "legitimate" despite not being official.

If nothing else, Mr. Allegra and the wider community of jailbreak software developers serve as a means of both keeping Apple honest (to some extent, anyway), and providing Apple with feedback and inspiration on new directions for iOS. If the remaining devs suddenly just gave up for some reason and switched off their Macs, Apple would probably have to depend entirely on Google for those things (and Google, frankly, is behaving like a forum troll).

JustinDaigle
Aug 3, 2011, 09:56 AM
Wow. As to the last few posts, while whether I use jailbreaking for piracy remains to be said, Apple will never completely remove every reason for jailbreaking.

As a developer (the kind that writes apps, not the kind that pays Apple $99/year for betas), I demand the permanent ability to run the code I write on the devices I paid for, without having to pay Apple a yearly fee for this ability. This is functionality every developer should expect from all of his computing devices. And since the ability to run non Apple-approved (explicitly, in the case of the App Store, or implicitly, in the case of code you sign with a certificate given by Apple) code on your device is half the goal of jailbreaking, I highly doubt Apple will ever allow this.

Skottichan, as you probably have no real computer skill (as you cannot grasp what jailbreaking does and its infinite possibilities), this probably means nothing to you, but to everyone else, who actually does realize the value of jailbreaking, you look really stupid.

Kynmore
Aug 3, 2011, 08:21 PM
Exactly my point. We're all effed if he signs with Apple. What are the jail breakers (myself, and others) going to do if this 19 yo kid can't provide jailbreaks anymore?

Do it yourself? Don't jailbreak? Switch platforms?