GeoHot out of the hacking business, now working for Facebook

Posted on Jun 27 2011 - 2:45pm by Julius

Famous jailbreaker George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, is now working for Facebook. At 21 years old, Hotz is said to be possibly working on a secret iPad Facebook app.

The news of GeoHotz’s new job started when Jonah Hill, a member of the Apple jailbreak team Chronic-Dev, said that Hotz backed out of a hacking challenge between the two. Hotz confirmed the rumors on his Facebook page, where he listed himself as a software engineer in Facebook starting May 2011. His first official day on the job was May 9th.

Last June 22, Hotz posted “Facebook is really an amazing place to work…first hackathon over,” on his Facebook wall.

Hotz came to the limelight in 2007 for jailbreaking the Apple iPhone, which enabled the phone (and other devices running the iOS software) to be used outside the network of AT&T. Then in 2010, he published a jailbreak for the Sony PlayStation 3, which was countered with a lawsuit filed in 2011. The suit was settled out of court, but Sony’s action against GeoHot led to a major attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) that was carried out by Anonymous. A number of attacks followed in protest of the lawsuit, including one that rendered PSN offline for weeks.

Is it good news for GeoHot to work for a major company like Facebook?

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