Meet Pod2g, The Luckiest Jailbreak Hacker In The World
L33tdawg: @pod2g, @MuscleNerd and @planetbeing will be in Kuala Lumpur next week for #HITB2012KUL where they're participating in a special iOS / OS X panel discussion along with Mark Dowd! Here's your chance to meet some of the guys who make it possible for you to jailbreak your iOS devices!!!
To the world, he’s known only by his online pseudonym, “pod2g.” On Twitter, he has amassed over 340,000 followers. As one of the most respect iOS security researchers today, he frequently fields job interview requests from the biggest technology companies in the world. To the millions who jailbreak, he’s a living legend.
At JailbreakCon, pod2g gave a fascinating talk on his past experiences as a hacker and mastermind jailbreaker. He’s been immortalized by jailbreakers and the security research community, but in his own words he’s just a “lucky guy.”
Pod2g, who’s real name is Cyril, has been heavily involved in exploiting iOS security vulnerabilities since 2009. The 32-year-old Frenchman claims that his parents gave him no last name—a clever excuse for a infamous hacker who’s having to constantly guard his private life. As with any hacker of his status, it’s fascinating to hear how Cyril got started. He started coding when he was only 5 years old. His father gave him a ZX 8 I computer to experiment with, and he started copying BASIC programs from books before he could even read fully. He got an ATARI ST a few years later and did some GFA BASIC, 68k assembly and demo making. It wasn’t until college that he learned Objective C and C++, the programming languages used by Apple.
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