CUPERTINO – An iPhone hacker hired on an internship with Apple was fired because he forgot to reply to an email concerning his future employment.
NDJ World | Published: Oct 23 2012 High Tech
20 year old Nicholas Allegra, hacking name “Comex”, was hired by Apple last year after being able to repeatedly unlock the company’s mobile operating system.
Despite that impressive ‘skill’, Allegra’s employment was terminated by the Cupertino, California based company simply because he forgot to reply to an email.
“So … no point in delaying,” Allegra wrote on Twitter late last week. “As of last week, after about a year, I’m no longer associated with Apple.”
“As for why?” he added in another tweet. “Because I forgot to reply to an email.”
Allegra told Forbes that the email he forgot to answer was an offer to continue his employment at Apple as a remote intern.
“I wasn’t too happy about it, but it didn’t seem like I was able to fix it,” he said about his termination. “So that’s what it is.”
Before joining Apple, Allegra was behind the popular JailbreakMe site which made it easy to remove Apple-imposed restrictions from iPhones and iPads by “jailbreaking” them.
A “jailbroken” i-device allows users to install unapproved apps and themes obtained for free outside of the official app store.
When he announced last year that he had been hired by Apple, he said he accepted the offer because he became “bored” of breaking into Apple’s operating system.
Comment is being sought from Apple.
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