• Jailbreak Extraordinaire Comex Featured in Forbes

    The new issue of Forbes is out. And joining the likes of prominent billionaire investors profiled in the new issue is a man who, while not a billionaire, has proven an invaluable resource to the jailbreak community. I'm referring, of course, to Comex - the 19-year old jailbreak extraordinaire with whom we are all familiar.

    Much like Bruce Wayne being revealed as Batman, some may be surprised to see the real man behind the myth and legend that is Comex. Meet Nicholas Allegra, a "tall, shaggy-haired and bespectacled" student on leave from Brown University who resides with his parents in the beautiful geographic realm of Chappaqua, New York.

    As we all know too well, Comex spends his days "seeking out cracks in the source code of Apple’s iPhone, a device with more software restrictions than practically any computer on the market, and exploiting them to utterly obliterate its defenses against hackers."

    In the profile, Comex reveals what it's like to infiltrate Apple software. “It feels like editing an English paper,” he admits. “You just go through and look for errors. I don’t know why I seem to be so effective at it.”

    “I didn’t think anyone would be able to do what he’s done for years,” Charlie Miller, a former network exploitation analyst for the National Security Agency, admitted to Forbes when asked for his take on Comex being able to so readily hack the iPhone. “Now it’s been done by some kid we had never even heard of. He’s totally blown me away.”

    He's blown us away too. And it's cool to see this veritable genius grab a chunk of the spotlight in the new issue of Forbes, which is now available online and will be available in print later this week.

    Source: Forbes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Jailbreak Extraordinaire Comex Featured in Forbes started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Comex is badass. And he looks like Harry Potter.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Um? Did he change the picture? One day I would like to meet this guy....Keep up the good work! Thanks for all the jailbreaks. He is amazing. I can see the headlines now: "World famous jailbreaker comex jailbreaks iOS 5 within minutes of release"
    1. frankyfontaine's Avatar
      frankyfontaine -
      Quote Originally Posted by swatpac View Post
      comex is badass. And he looks like harry potter.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by frankyfontaine View Post
      is it just me or did that first picture make him look like he was 40 years old.
      That's exactly what I was thinking. The first picture was WAY different than the picture up now. The first one made him look like he was at least 30. The new picture looks more like GeoHot! Sorry Comex if that offends you. What happened with the other pic?
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      invaluable isnt the word you were looking for. the way you used it makes it seem like an insult.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      I'm just finally glad that hackers are getting a positive light shed on them, for the most part. This way they can have an outlet to continue to do good, there are tons of them all over the world, young geniuses who could probably destroy the world's technological infrastructure if they put their minds to it. It's good to see a mag so upscale as Forbes taking note like this. At the end of the day, it even opens up the door to put these guys to use in the business world where they can have their own empires eventually. That a 19 year old can find holes in some of the top programming in the world says a lot about untapped potential. Most of these guys are younger than young...no telling what a dude like Comex will be able to accomplish at 29, much less 19. Plus, computing is so much more complex than it was in the early years so for these guys to be able to do this kinda stuff is amazing at best. I remember I was quite a good hacker in the 90s but i've long since quit that stuff....I couldn't hold a candle to these new cats.
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      I can see the headlines now: "World famous jailbreaker comex jailbreaks iOS 5 within minutes of release"
      But iOS 5 is already jailbroken within hours if not minutes when it was released.
    1. GodStang's Avatar
      GodStang -
      Congrats to Comex.

      Also thought iSO 5 was already jail broke.
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      Quote Originally Posted by R.Mortera View Post
      I'm 15 and I know a lot of PC languages including VB as well o.O learned it like when I was 12 when I was really into forums, coding, designing and yeah but im nothing compared to Comex. This guy is Hella genius.
      Just like me! I run a few sites..and in my spare time I sorted through a few of the exploit PDFs from JailbreakMe and decompiled black/limera1n and dissected that.
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