iPhone hacker "GeoHot" departs Facebook; still hacking

A few months ago, there was a lot of hype around the fact that hacker George Hotz, who created jailbreak hacks for the iPhone and was later sued by Sony for hacking into its Playstation 3 console, got a job at Facebook. Hotz, better known in some circles for his nickname GeoHot, went to work at Facebook back in June 2011. Now Business Insider reports that Hotz has already left Facebook.

While the reasons for his departure are unknown, Hotz is apparently pretty busy doing what he does best: hacking. The article states that he attended a hackathon this past weekend hosted by a new social networking startup called Backplane. Hotz helped to create an app during the event that allows its users to see where their Facebook friends might be on a map. Oddly enough, the app that Hotz worked on didn't win the hackathon; he lost out to a group of high school students.

Hotz first gained fame in 2009 by creating jailbreak software for the iPhone which allowed the device to be used by other wireless carriers other than AT&T. Later he announced he was planning to hack into Sony's Playstation 3 game console and released his first exploit in early 2010. In early 2011 he released the root keys for the PS3.

That got Sony to file a lawsuit against Hotz and others on several counts including computer fraud,  copyright infringement and other charges. In April 2011 it was announced that Sony and Hotz had reached a settlement which, among other things, now forbids Hotz from doing any more hacking on any Sony product. If Hotz chooses to break the settlement he would be fined $10,000 by Sony for each violation. The total amount Hotz can be fined is fixed at $250,000.

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I guess he's the type who gets bored when working under others, maybe he needs to do his own thing to stay motivated.

Timelines, when he found out he was going to be forced to use them himself though he said he was leaving Facebook forever. LITERALLY AHAHAHA.

Ahh... timelines.

JamesWeb said,
Timelines, when he found out he was going to be forced to use them himself though he said he was leaving Facebook forever. LITERALLY AHAHAHA.

Ahh... timelines.


*Timeline. One of the most exciting, interesting, and useful products Facebook have ever released

Callum said,

*Timeline. One of the most exciting, interesting, and useful products Facebook have ever released
Agreed. People complain everytime facebook changes their layout; few days later they promote it; go figure.

Callum said,
*Timeline. One of the most exciting, interesting, and useful products Facebook have ever released
The only reason Timeline exists it is capable of draw more people into the ads.

tiagosilva29 said,
The only reason Timeline exists it is capable of draw more people into the ads.

Actually it's a way to view and manage the tremendous amount of information Facebook has on you. Data visualization

tiagosilva29 said,
The only reason Timeline exists it is capable of draw more people into the ads.

Actually, it's more like shifting the focus of Facebook from what you're doing at the moment to everything you've accomplished in your lifespan. Plus it's an easier way to access old posts...

tiagosilva29 said,
The only reason Timeline exists it is capable of draw more people into the ads.

Facebook's reasons for creating Timeline are irrelevant when only considering how useful it is to users and how exciting it is. Facebook have provided me something of tremendous use and design, for free, without infringing on my privacy or security. So why would you post a reply like that when I'm just discussing the benefits Timeline provides me? What you posted about isn't a disadvantage in any way; it's as if you regard what you posted as a negative aspect of the Timeline idea.

He might be working at Google, or he perhaps used to. What appears to be his official Facebook Timeline shows he's in the Google network, and people are only able to join workplace networks if they have at some point used an official email address provided by the company. If this is his official Timeline, it's interesting to note that he isn't a member of the Facebook network, even though some former Facebook employees still are: https://www.facebook.com/geohot/info

Callum said,
He might be working at Google, or he perhaps used to. What appears to be his official Facebook Timeline shows he's in the Google network, and people are only able to join workplace networks if they have at some point used an official email address provided by the company. If this is his official Timeline, it's interesting to note that he isn't a member of the Facebook network, even though some former Facebook employees still are: https://www.facebook.com/geohot/info

Well, he could've just decided to quit the Facebook network since he didn't feel he should still be there if he was no longer there, unlike the former employees you mentioned...

MASTER260 said,

Well, he could've just decided to quit the Facebook network since he didn't feel he should still be there if he was no longer there, unlike the former employees you mentioned...

It's possible, but then why would he still be in the Google network? That's the main point I'm raising: He isn't in the Facebook network at all, but he's in the Google network. If he didn't leave Facebook for Google, he previously worked at Google but remained in the network; however, either he has left the Facebook network voluntarily, or he was removed by Facebook even though other employees weren't. I'm suggesting there may be more to it; Facebook could have fired him for whatever reason, he could have left Facebook for Google. It's interesting that he's either worked at Google in the past or he does now. I find these suspicions interesting, which is why I mentioned them.

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