Apple Gives JailbreakMe Developer Internship

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Nicholas Allegra, better known by his Twitter name Comex, will be starting an internship at Apple in September. Comex gained fame and fans for his work in developing the JailbreakMe tool that lets users hack their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad so they can install apps that aren’t available through Apple’s own iTunes-based App Store.

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“So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple,” the 19 year old Mr. Allegra said on Twitter. He isn’t saying exactly what his internship will entail, but it’s a fairly safe bet that he’ll be involved on some level with iOS security.

His work on JailbreakMe has exposed security flaws in the iPhone and iPad operating system, leading to a kind of cat-and-mouse game where Apple would patch the flaws and he would find more to exploit. Mr. Allegra used the flaws he uncovered to enable his easy jailbreak method, although the same exploits could’ve been used by others for more nefarious purposes.

Presumably Mr. Allegra will be using his skills to help Apple harden iOS security, and assuming he plays his cards right, convert his internship into a full time job.

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5 Comments Leave Your Own

daemon

Huh, internship? I guess it’s cheaper than hiring Charlie Miller, and it’s not like the kid ever had a real job, he probably thinks just having Apple as a past employer is good enough compensation for him.

Although I admit, my first internship paid $16 an hour, and that was in Wisconsin, I wonder how much interns get paid in California….

Terrin

I am sure it depends on the type of internship. I had an engineering student friend who did an internship with Apple. He lived in Michigan, but spend the summer I think in Taiwan making iMacs. He made $80, 000, effectively paying off his college education.

Although I admit, my first internship paid $16 an hour, and that was in Wisconsin, I wonder how much interns get paid in California?.

daemon

@Terrin: So Apple sponsored a US undergrad from Michigan to work in a foreign country to build iMacs where the local population makes about $1,584 a year for building iMacs and paid him the equivalent of $320,000 a year?

Oh, and it was a “friend.” Not you?

Yeah…. there’s a lot of credibility there….

My internship was restricted to no more than 20 hours a week, half of the $16 was subsidized by a federal work study program, hence the limit, oh and I had to maintain a 3.0 or better to stay in the internship.

Terrin

Did I follow him to Taiwan, watch him work, and help him spend the money? No of course not. Yet, I did know the guy pretty well. He definitely went to Taiwan (lots of pictures). He definitely was an Apple Intern. He definately was an engineering student who graduated from the University of Michigan. Further, he came back with several cool Apple products and lots of cool stories. He gave me hints about products that probably would be coming out later. Many of them did like the Mac Mini. He told me he worked 80 something hours a week. I can’t recall if it was in the summer or during another semester.


Admittedly, it is possible I have the amount wrong he made, although I recall it was a crap load of money which was enough to pay off his student loan debt for his three to four years in college (I can’t remember how far along in college he was at that point).

What is so strange about about Apple sponsoring an undergraduate? Although he was a US citizen, he spoke the language and had family there. He might of even had dual citizenship for all I know.

@Terrin: So Apple sponsored a US undergrad from Michigan to work in a foreign country to build iMacs where the local population makes about $1,584 a year for building iMacs and paid him the equivalent of $320,000 a year?

Oh, and it was a ?friend.? Not you?

Yeah?. there?s a lot of credibility there?.

My internship was restricted to no more than 20 hours a week, half of the $16 was subsidized by a federal work study program, hence the limit, oh and I had to maintain a 3.0 or better to stay in the internship.

Apple Cynic

This is great news—for Apple. I see two possible outcomes here:

1. He patches the security holes in iOS, and you can no longer jailbreak an iPhone.

2. He is unable to do an future jailbreak work or risk being sued for misuse of proprietary knowledge of Apple products.

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