PS3 jailbreaker lands at Facebook - Report

George Hotz said to have taken a job at social-networking site, challenged with bringing Facebook App to iPad.

Sony's hacker headache will have cost it $171.1 million, and while it isn't entirely clear what provoked the numerous cyberattacks against the company, one popular theory is its legal action against PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz. Now, it appears as if Hotz has left behind the underground hacking scene in favor of a new position at social-media kingpin Facebook.

First reported by Techunwrapped, Hotz's employment at Facebook was revealed by a member of the Chronic-Dev Team, who reportedly said that Hotz had declined a challenge to hack the iPad 2. Apparently, after Hotz settled his legal tiff with Sony, he had a strong desire to stay out of the hacking-scene limelight.

George Hotz has apparently gone legit.

Techmeme later reported that Hotz began work at the social networking company in May, having announced the job through his private Facebook page on June 17. The one-time hacker is reportedly part of the team that's building a Facebook App for the iPad.

Hotz first shot to notoriety in 2008, when he released a method for unlocking Apple's iOS devices, allowing iPhone and iPod Touch users to run homebrew applications and use a carrier other than AT&T. As a response to Sony's decision to remove the Other OS option from the PS3, Hotz released a similar hack for the game console in January.

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102 comments
JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@AncientDozer technically I'd be in favour of the hard working programmers to begin with... and I doubt any of these annoying children hackers would have anywhere near enough money to make me budge, lol.

hottbluz
hottbluz

Ahhh yes, capitalism and the almighty dollar the pinnacle of human evolution. Good for Mr. Hotz, maybe one day he will aspire to become a CEO of a major corporation. Those of you that find fault with Mr. Hotz's actions are either jealous, naive, or both.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@JimmeyBurrows While it IS Ironic, in a way, how the situation ended up. . let's see you not sell out if a corporation/company makes a generous offer.

Destrond
Destrond

Still dumbfounded that Sony won't admit it was their fault for the hacks that happened. They attacked Geohotz, and they suffered punishment. Reality was, they didn't expect any of it, and probably never thought they'd ever be hacked, its easy to see by their crappy security. Either way, its ridiculous that they won't even admit their faults.

zaiwen
zaiwen

ayyo GeoHot ya mind jailbreaking Facebook?? or how bout hackin those fukkaz at Zynga for rippin people off??

Alex_09
Alex_09

I get the feeling most facebook users don't know just how lame that stuff really is. And I bet they have no idea their information and images are being used for advertising.

CISX
CISX

and all the hardware i know is cracked and hacked, so.... whats the deal???.... and if piracy is bad, go and buy legal software

CISX
CISX

good for him, the hacking of the ps3 hardware let users to really use all the power of the ps3 and this is good

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Lol, gotta love idiots who claim to be all about some huge cause such as freedom of speech and being able to do whatever you want with hardware, then sell out to do exactly what you were apparently "fighting against" proves just what a muppet he was/is.

rarson
rarson

@BigAl519 You need to re-read my comment again because you clearly didn't understand it.

Bufta
Bufta

Oh and well done to facebook for showing that hacking and being a criminal, lands you a job with one of the richest websites on the earth (albeit for tards)

Bufta
Bufta

Oh hotz you terminal tit. Please refrain from breathing and help us rid the earth of your self righteous skanky criminal being.

daabulls23
daabulls23

"Let's finally make an iPad app for Facebook" "OK, who do we put on the team?" "How about that kid who hacked the PS3?" "OK" Whaaa?

TTDog
TTDog

Maybe he could put his intellect to use working out how Gamespot decide which comments don't meet the criteria for being displayed. Some marked down to -4 not displayed but others on -7 still there for all to see.

anotherone10
anotherone10

At the end of the day, hackers are technically smart people, you can't deny it. Alot of the time they will end up getting hired by big organisations.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

@BlackSnake123 I didn't know that their could be anyone more pathetic than Holtz. Thanks for proving me wrong.

M3ran
M3ran

hotz is awsome,keep up man

raptures330
raptures330

He's working on making an app for... Facebook... to work on an Apple brand product. Talk about a 180 change in disposition. From "WE NEEDZ OPEN SOURZ" to working for that duo... Next up: PETA supporters gather for brunch at McDonalds.

spoonybard-hahs
spoonybard-hahs

So a hacker is now working for a company notorious for security/privacy issues? Yeah, no way this can go wrong...

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@BlackSnake123 Hotz is your Hero? Of allllll the people in the world? You strange strange boy.. Good luck in life man.

rgiwillia
rgiwillia

He's had his 15 minutes of fame. Do we really need to keep this kid's name in the headlines just because he got a job? Let him fade into insignificance.

Sendmn23
Sendmn23

@BigAl519 no my point was and is that Geohots's Jailbreak did not allow for back ups. It took others to modify his jail break to do that... again you have no idea what you speak of... i can name off about 5 different authors who make cfw for the ps3... but like you said google it...

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@CaptainHerlock Oh really? He obviously knows a ton more about computers than you guys combined. It doesn't matter how many thumbs down I get, that's just simply how it goes. No matter what his side of opinion is, it doesn't make him stupid to be on the other side of the fence. It's ridiculously retarded to think that.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

And now this idiot gets a job... Old new though: Learn advance computers, hack a important site from a company/government, pay a fee/stay in jail a little time, get a well paid job for the rest of your life. At least I didn't have to screw someone else's work to earn my position in the industry...

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

I'm really not sure if this hurts or helps my already rather low opinion of the organization...

BigAl519
BigAl519

@Sendmn23 You seriously are going to try and argue that the PS3 Jail Break does not allow you to play backed up games? Seriously? Wow... lol I think there is only one person in need of a google search.

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

its probably a smart move for him... since everyone knows his name & his reputation, he now has it on his record...(since all companies do background/internet checks) he seems like someone that would want a job in the electronic industry... i wouldn't be surprised if Facebook immediately asked him for this job or if he had a very select few offers for jobs... hes smart to take it now, rather than later... that kind of news can hurt his reputation if there was a certain job that he was interested in... he can easily regain that reputation with this current job & look for a new one in the future if he chooses to do so...

Sendmn23
Sendmn23

@BigAl519 uhm no... you have no idea what you speak of.. look it up yourself!

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@TevoxZi If he's as smart as you think he is, then he should have known to keep his mouth shut.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

This kid should just lay low and keep his mouth shut. But I'm sure he won't.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

Hotz is now friends with sony. anonymous likes this.

liam82517
liam82517

@rarson Actually, you cant run a pirated game on the ps3 without special access to certain levels of security. GEOHOT realsed an exploit that didnt allow lvl2 access and there for you couldnt paly "backups" on the geohot exploit. More over they key for other lvls of security were signed to the homebrew so they wasnt and isnt unsigned code running on the ps3. That why games after 3.55 wont run as a back up(unless dumbass developers release updates signed with the 3.55 keys).

BigAl519
BigAl519

@rarson How does anything you just mentioned to me have to do with what I said. Try reading everything people post and also WHY they posted it next time. I was simply telling someone who claimed jail-breaking a PS3 doesn't allow for pirating games, when it actually does. And your BS about him not being responsible for it makes me laugh. Being as smart about electronics as the guy is he knew from the beginning exactly what would come out of releasing the keys and deserved every bit of action taken against him.

rarson
rarson

@BigAl519 There's no way to "allow" homebrew software without allowing pirated games. It's all unsigned code. Regardless, telling other people how you managed to make your PS3 run your own software doesn't make you responsible for someone taking that information and using it to pirate games.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

If you sheep had an independent thought you might actually find out the facts (such as an almost identical jailbreak of the iPhone is perfectly legal) rather than sucking up to Sony and believing everything you are spoon fed by them and the companies that rely on their business. EDIT, the jailbreak of the iphone also allows people to install pirated software but a court still ruled it legal, throwing the piracy argument around is the worst kind of straw man argument.

rarson
rarson

"The one-time hacker is reportedly part of the team that's building a Facebook App for the iPad." Hacking isn't something that you do once and then you're done, it's a mentality. It's desiring knowledge and learning how things work. It isn't limited to computers, either. I wish the media would stop misusing the term "hacker".

ads_legend
ads_legend

Why should scum like this get a job yet there's honest, law abiding citizens left without jobs?

z50macdaddy
z50macdaddy

does this mean I have to delete my facebook account now?

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

So he got scared? Seriously? Hah. He became useless once he released the PS3 jailbreak anyway. Everybody wasted their time tracking him down, think about it, has it accomplished anything? Nothing at all. Just one less hacker in the world.

wexorian
wexorian

Welcome TO FBI George Hotz on your new job "Next article about him"

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

What?! They are letting him near our Facebook accounts?! All part of his masterplan and they are inviting him to it.

lifemeister
lifemeister

What's so hard about building a Facebook app for the iPad? It's just a copy/paste, slap it on kind of thing.

JohnF111
JohnF111

Does this mean he's joined the enemy he was trying to open up? I wonder if he has the mentality now of "I spent hours on this and now damn hackers want it free?!?!... NEVER!!"... Would be a revelation for him to see development in the eyes of the people who's life and job depend on it.

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

@ seriousplayer_d I wonder how you look when using the computer ;P You probably can't even imagine how stupid people look when they don't know they're being captured by a camera while using their computer. I remember an installation made for one of the entertainment expos which took place in Germany - there were some consoles set up and cameras which filmed those who played and then sent the image to screens places nearby. It was more entertaining to watch people playing than actually playing yourself xD

seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

he has a ridiculous face. Or he sniffed something before he took this...

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

It is only natural that Apple would hire one of Sony's enemies. So a new facebook add on coming to ipad.

taino1128
taino1128

George Hotz, just die. Please.

BigAl519
BigAl519

@Sendmn23 Wow, glad to know you have no knowledge of what your talking about. His Jail Break of the PS3 DID allow for pirating games, why the hell would anyone spend millions to stop the jail break if all it allowed for was home-brew. It allows for back ups of PS3 games to be played from an external source like if it was a debug console.

mrmikechau
mrmikechau

Well I suppose Facebook is a hacker's paradise of unsecured data ;)