Grant Paul, better known in the jailbreaking community as Chpwn, has just begun his internship at none other than Facebook. The famed iOS hacker himself delivered the news today via Twitter.
Just finished my first day as an intern at Facebook. Very excited.
— Grant Paul (chpwn) (@chpwn) June 5, 2012
The iOS jailbreaking scene has grown significantly thanks in no small part to the efforts of Chpwn. It’s because of his expertise that such popular jailbreak tweaks as Covert, VoiceActivator, and AppSlide have come to exist. In particular, his work in an app called Spire has let iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod touch users take advantage of Siri, which is currently an iOS feature exclusive to iPhone 4S. Chpwn has also created a couple of legit apps officially available in the App Store, namely, the Hacker News client news:yc and the Pastie client Paste.
Chpwn follows in the footsteps of George Hotz, another well-known developer who has gone from jailbreaking to working for Mark Zuckerberg and company. Also known as GeoHot and noted for being the first hacker to unlock the first-generation iPhone, Hotz began working for Facebook in May 2011. A year later, here comes the talented Mr. Paul to hopefully make his mark within the world’s largest social networking company.
Could Chpwn be among the Apple-savvy folks who are supposedly plugging away at Facebook’s long-rumored iPhone killer?