Playstation 3 hacker "GeoHot" now working at Facebook

George Hotz, the software hacker who created jailbreak hacks for the iPhone and was later sued by Sony for hacking into its Playstation 3 console, has a new and legitimate job. According to the Techunwrapped.com web site Hotz, also known by his hacker alias GeoHot, started working at the Facebook social networking service in May and officially announced his new gig to his friends on Facebook earlier this month. There's no word on what kind of position that Hotz has while working at Facebook.

The 21 year old Hotz first gained fame in the hacker world in 2009 by creating jailbreak software for the iPhone. His work allowed the iPhone 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. He released his first exploit for the PS3 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 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 chose to break the settlement he would be fined $10,000 by Sony for each violation up to $250,000.

During the legal fight between Sony and Hotz, the hacker group Anonymous admitted to creating a denial of service attack on Sony's Playstation servers early in 2011 as a gesture of support to Hotz's case. After the settlement was announced the Playstation Network suffered from a much bigger cyber attack that caused Sony to shut the service for several weeks. Sony blamed Anonymous for the attacks but the hacker group has denied its involvement.

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very A.D.D. post.....

GeoHot works at facebook!
he told his friends!
we don't know what he does there!
he hacked cell phones!
he hacked ps3s!
anonymous attacked sony!
sony got hacked by other people!
sony went down for a while!

....wait what were we talking about again?

kalizar said,
very A.D.D. post.....

Actually, considering the lack of a story here I thought it read quite well as a very brief summary of the past few months.

Agreed. The post should at least mention what the hell he is doing there, instead it only talks about jailbreaking, ps3 hacking and the deal with sony.

I don't get it... People from Google joined Facebook, Microsoft developers joined Facebook, this kid now works for Facebook... All those people with skills are going to Facebook. But why? What are they building there that so many great minds go to work for them?

WAR-DOG said,
I don't get it... People from Google joined Facebook, Microsoft developers joined Facebook, this kid now works for Facebook... All those people with skills are going to Facebook. But why? What are they building there that so many great minds go to work for them?

Money? Benefits?

thommcg said,

Money? Benefits?

he didn't ask the benefits of working there, he asked what is Facebook developing that it needs such people.

Navan said,

he didn't ask the benefits of working there, he asked what is Facebook developing that it needs such people.

Probably some kind of brain implant that automatically links with fb and lets you update statuses from your mind, and also sniffs around to find what illegal things you've done too!

n_K said,

Probably some kind of brain implant that automatically links with fb and lets you update statuses from your mind, and also sniffs around to find what illegal things you've done too!
im sorry i leave facebook when that happens

Navan said,

he didn't ask the benefits of working there, he asked what is Facebook developing that it needs such people.

He also asked "All those people with skills are going to Facebook. But why?". Money and / or Benefits would seem like reasonable answers don't you think?

thommcg said,

He also asked "All those people with skills are going to Facebook. But why?". Money and / or Benefits would seem like reasonable answers don't you think?

That question leads on to another question, so no, those don't seem as the proper responses to me. But wth, I didn't even answer, lol. =p

Navan said,

That question leads on to another question, so no, those don't seem as the proper responses to me. But wth, I didn't even answer, lol. =p

Well, it's as far as we're going to get on that question, unless someone is leaking trade secrets on Facebook's behalf here...

Xerax said,
I don't trust ego hotz around my personal data.

My first thought also. Once a thief/crook/dishonest/untrust worthy SOB, always one, and now has easy inside access to way to much personal info.

Xerax said,
I don't trust ego hotz around my personal data.
Its because of people like you that we wont ever have a utopia, you dont trust people. George Hotz jailbroke devices so that third party apps could be run on the iOS, he didnt go and break into sony and apple servers and release user id and passwords.

zikalify said,
Its because of people like you that we wont ever have a utopia, you dont trust people. George Hotz jailbroke devices so that third party apps could be run on the iOS, he didnt go and break into sony and apple servers and release user id and passwords.

I think the OP was probably referring to the fact that Geohot's paypal got looked into by Sony when he asked for donations

cork1958 said,

My first thought also. Once a thief/crook/dishonest/untrust worthy SOB, always one, and now has easy inside access to way to much personal info.

People can change. And look at how young he is. Look at how young and stupid we all were at that age. Oh i forgot your perfect/god, you were always mature and upstanding. Unfortunately your shenanigans didn't change the world. Oh sorry...

Xerax said,
I don't trust ego hotz around my personal data.

..and facebook was a safe place to put your personal data til Geohot got there.Sure.

Good job man! It's even better when you get paid for it

PS - I want to add this is where the job-economy is right now. Facebook can hire GH and I'm pretty sure Google could easily bring Jesus on board, were he about.

Soulsiphon said,
Good job man! It's even better when you get paid for it

PS - I want to add this is where the job-economy is right now. Facebook can hire GH and I'm pretty sure Google could easily bring Jesus on board, were he about.


I don't think Jesus would work at Google since Satan already sets the agenda there.

xpxp2002 said,

I don't think Jesus would work at Google since Satan already sets the agenda there.

You mean there is no god, jesus, or satan, so your point is moot.

Jenson said,

We dont care that you dont care, if you dont care why post?

Its a slow night and I needed something to do

Professional Lurker said,

Its a slow night and I needed something to do

That's probally how John Callaham felt too.

Jenson said,

We dont care that you dont care, if you dont care why post?

Because these are COMMENTS and people can give them no matter how mundane or boring they may be? Dam...

Jenson said,

We dont care that you dont care, if you dont care why post?

Well probaly because he thought, why did the newsposter care to post this kind of news, when no one seems to care ;o

Neo003 said,
Good for him, but seen this coming from miles away.

You didn't read the article and had the same reaction as I did before I read it
This title is there just for you to click on it basically.

He's literally working AT Facebook, not ON [hacking] Facebook…