If you can’t beat em join em, right?

Apple has made the smart decision to offer Brown University student Nicholas Allegra, and iPhone hacker extraordinaire, a chance to switch sides. More widely known by his hacker handle, Comex, Allegra is famously known for his piece of code JailBreakMe that frees up the iPhone user from all of the strict security measures Apple imposes on its devices–making the device completely customizable. Allegra’s most recent release of JailbreakMe 3 in July caused a frenzied panic over at Apple as they rushed to respond to the security opening, managing to fix it in just nine days. Nine days too late that is. 1.4 million people had already used the tool to jailbreak their gadgets in those nine days and more than 600,000 more since then.

Obviously, Apple needed to respond to this issue head on. A 19-year-old hacker living in his parents’ basement has repeatedly embarrassed their iOS software’s security– it was time for Apple to throw in the towel, swallow their pride, and offer the youngster a shot at working for the good guys. Maybe it’s just me, but if I could hack the iPhone system in mere minutes I would be looking for a lot more than a measly internship in exchange for my secrets…just a thought.