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Facebook hires noted iOS jailbreaker Chpwn

Nothing gets the hacker community buzzing more than one of its own going corporate, and the latest to stir things up is new Facebook intern Grant Paul, whose iOS jailbreaking exploits as "Chpwn" have given iPad, iPhone and iPod users more freedom.

Paul tweeted early today: "Just finished my first day as an intern at Facebook. Very excited."

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His original tweet has generated a slew of retweets, many congratulations and a few disparaging remarks (one hacker dubbed him a "script kiddie"). One Twitter user wondered, "How many persons asked you to jailbreak their iPhones/iPads?" and another asked: "do you mind teaching them how to make an app?"

Paul, along with Paul Griffen (aka "phoenixdev"), were among the first to reveal hacked third-generation iPads (i.e., iPad 3).

Paul is by far not the first iOS hacker to take his talents to a big name company. For example, Nicholas "Comex" Allegra interned at Apple in 2011 and iPhoney/Sony PlayStation 3 hacker George "Geohot" Hotz went to work at Facebook last year, though reportedly is no longer there.

Some are making a connection between Paul's hiring and word that Facebook is building a phone to help it monetize its mobile apps.

Paul lists himself on his website as CEO of Xuzz Productions, as a contributor to Cydia open source project and as creator of news:yc and a Hacker News client.

Bob Brown tracks network research in his Alpha Doggs blog and Facebook page, as well on Twitter and Google +.

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