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App Developer Hires Hacker, Security Firms Pissed

A few weeks ago, iPhone hacker Ashley Towns appeared in the news after unleashing the Ikee worm and infected thousands of jailbroken iPhones. The worm, deemed as a "prank," changed the device's background wallpaper to that of Rick Astley, the 80's British school-janitor-turned-pop-star behind Top 40 hits "Never Gonna Give You Up," "Together Forever," and more.

Now Towns has resurfaced, only this time he hasn't infected unlocked iPhones with another 80s pop star. Apparently, someone took notice of Towns' "skills" and has offered the hacker a job. He made the announcement via his Twitter page, saying that he is now working as... hang on for this one... an iPhone application developer! Macworld verifies the report, revealing that Australian developer Mogeneration actually offered the paying position.

But the hiring has ruffled a few feathers, and understandably so. According to Macworld, many have spoken out in protest but remain anonymous save for security firm Sophos. "What disheartens me is that Towns has shown no regret for what he did," said Sophos' Graham Cluley. "He admitted specifically infecting 100 iPhones himself, letting his worm loose in the process. Now his utterly irresponsible behavior appears to have been rewarded."

He also added that there are plenty of aspiring coders qualified for the job that would have not acted "so stupidly." In fact, he says, pointing out the "series of blunders" in Towns' code, that there are probably better coders out there looking for work. Do these sound like fighting words? You bet, and perhaps consumers should shy away from anything developed and published by Mogeneration.

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