The young 19 year old hacker creator of JailbreakMe.com has made an amazing announcement through his Twitter indicating that in a couple of weeks will start working at Apple for his university internship.
JailbreakMe is without a doubt the fastest, easiest and most convenient way to install Cydia on our iOS devices, and through it, have access to a whole new world of applications not signed by Apple. The company has been playing cat and mouse with the hacker community led by people like Comex from the iPhone Dev Team, Joshua Hill, aka p0sixninja from the Chronic Dev Team or Francis George Hotz, aka geohot; filling in the holes just until the discovery of the next one.
Allegra is a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (as a curiosity, the same one where Emma Watson, the actress who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter saga, studies) and given her experience breaking iOS security it wouldn’t be surprising if Apple offered her the opportunity to switch sides and work from the inside to do just the opposite, to close all the holes in her mobile operating system before they are exploited by other hackers.
Despite the possible “change of sides” of Comex, on the other hand a brilliant addition to the rows of the apple, the jailbreak scene could not be more active and just a few days ago a new version of Sn0wbreeze was released, capable of breaking the chains of the last iOS 5 beta, the next big revision of Apple’s mobile operating system which is scheduled for release this fall.
The Sn0wbreeze hack works on almost all iOS-enabled devices except the iPad 2, which has proven to be quite resistant to most attacks precisely until the release of Comex’s JailbreakMe 3.0. However, at the moment it only has a Windows version and it still requires a UDID associated to an Apple development account so its usefulness is limited for the moment.
Anyway, the hacker community usually keeps their best discoveries to themselves until the final version is released to the public to prevent putting Apple on the track as much as possible so don’t worry, I would bet that it won’t be too long before we hear from the Dev-Team or any of the other groups working to free our devices. The game is far from over.