In a profile on Comex, the 19-year old who has on three different occasions cracked open the iPhone security completely, Forbes reveals the jailbreaker’s name and MO. He’s Nicholas Allegra who lives with his parents in Chappaqua, New York and is on leave from Brown University.
On iPhone hacking, he says,
“It feels like editing an English paper,” Allegra says simply, his voice croaking as if he just woke up, though we’re speaking at 9:30 pm. “You just go through and look for errors. I don’t know why I seem to be so effective at it.”
His work has blown away his peers, if anyone can be labeled as such.
Dino Dai Zovi, co-author of the Mac Hacker’s Handbook, compares JailbreakMe’s sophistication to that of Stuxnet, a worm thought to have been designed by the Israeli or U.S. government to infect Iran’s nuclear facilities. He compares Allegra’s skills to the state-sponsored intruders that plague corporations and governments, what the cybersecurity industry calls “advanced-persistent threat” hackers: “He’s probably five years ahead of them,” says Dai Zovi.
Allegra says that 2 million iOS devices have been jailbroken with the third release of jailbreakme.com. Forbes concludes, Apple should be offering up an internship to Allegra.
Internship? How about a six figure salary and a corner office?