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Google Snags iOS Hacker, Comex To Become Mountain View Intern

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So what do you do after you hack the most infamously closed consumer platform on Earth, join the tech company you once plundered and then get released from service? If you’re Comex, the answer is simple: You join the other side.

Apple’s loss might be Google’s gain, as Comex — aka Nicholas Allegra — has become the search giant’s latest intern.

iOS jailbreakers may or may not know Allegra’s name, but most certainly know Comex, thanks to the 20-year-old’s immensely popular JailbreakMe hack. The then-teenager developed a tool that made hacking the OS ridiculously simple for users worldwide. Suddenly, anyone could become a jailbreaker, tech-savvy or not. All they had to do was point their Apple mobile devices to a Safari link, and presto — a world of unsanctioned apps and tweaks were at their disposal.

It was impressive work, and not just for fans, but to Cupertino as well. The company scooped up the hacker in 2011, turning him into a bona fide Apple intern. But the romance would not last. After Apple offered to extend Allegra’s employment last year, the student dropped the ball and forgot to respond to the email. The company, which does not take kindly to being ignored, cut him loose last fall.

Allegra has been fairly silent since then. Most people assumed he just focused on academia, continuing his studies at Brown University. Then this week, he surfaced on Twitter to drop a bombshell of an announcement.

He didn’t offer details on exactly what he’ll do at Mountain View, but he did further tweet that it won’t involve the Android operating system. Perhaps that’s for the best. He says he never “like[d it] enough to ever want to hack it.”

Given his penchant for browsers, could Chrome OS development be on the menu? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...

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