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Report – GeoHot working for Facebook

Monday, 27th June 2011 07:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

If you hack the PlayStation 3, Sony will sue the pants off you and you’ll land a job at one of the most important tech companies in the Western world. Lesson learned.

TechUnwrapped reports George “GeoHot” Hotz, the hacker responsible for releasing the PlayStation 3′s root key and enabling custom firmware on the system, is working at Facebook.

The surprise appointment was first noted in a discussion with hacker Joshua Hill, otherwise known as P0sixninja, on MyGreatFest. TechUnwrapped recorded the stream and posted a YouTube video of the relevant moments.

Techmeme’s Gabe Rivera then revealed via Twitter that GeoHot’s own Facebook page, which is set to private, apparently indicates he is an employee of the company.

“Facebook is really an amazing place to work…first hackathon over” is reported to be Hotz’s most recent status update.

According to those who claim to have seen the page, GeoHot took the job in May and advised friends of the new position in mid-June.

GeoHot hasn’t responded to requests for comment from hackers and tech sites.

Sony and GeoHot settled their differences out of court in April. Sony’s legal pursuit of GeoHot and other hackers was cited as a motivating factor in the attacks on the PlayStation Network which followed.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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  1. alterecho

    Was probably working for face book when he hacked the PS3 . Maybe under orders to take out social gaming competition.

    Seriously now, are they trying to send out a message that people who can hack good legal networks can get a good paying job?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Freek

    It’s because he did nothing wrong. It’s not against the law to jailbreak your equipment. That’s why Sony setled with him out of court.
    What it did show was that he’s a guy with a tallent for programming, naturally people like that get headhunted by major internet companies.

    Sure, Sony finds it anoying that they’re DRM system was broken for a while, mostly due to their own faulty implimentation, but again, that’s not illegal.
    You’re only breaking the law if you use that open hole to distribute pirated games. Then you are breaking copyright law.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Mike

    @2: Yep. I’m still amazed that people don’t know this. Like truly.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. alterecho

    @2
    I appreciate his talent very much. In fact, when i first heard the news, i was thinking why doesn’t Sony hire him as a security expert.

    What i heard was that he leaked the key to pirates. That i didn’t like..

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Blerk

    He openly published the key, didn’t he? I don’t think he specifically gave it to pirates.

    Anyway, after all the idiots who came after him he looks mostly harmless now, doesn’t he?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Mike

    He just published it yeah. Freedom of information etc. Nothing wrong with that.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. mathare92

    Just like that time you published that chap’s IP address, innit Mike. Freedom of Information and all that.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    @6 WRONG.

    Freedom of informations is NOT releasing an industrial secret to p2p networks “for the sake of homebrew development” and “to bring back Other OS”, incidentally making a system an easy prey for pirates. This is a distortion of the original hacker ethic that suits the purpose of naive hackers, script kiddies and computer criminals.

    We aren’t in 1984 anymore, the computer culture isn’t an illuminated elite anymore and just anyone can gain access to a pc and the Internet, even the criminals. I bet neither Richard Stallman nor Steven Levy would agree that Hotz did a good thing. Sure, they would compliment him and the people who actually deciphered the key for they skill, but not for releasing it to the public in that way.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. neon6

    The problem was that type of information is dangerous in the wrong hands, especially when given to a community you know is not fully trustworthy like Anonymous. He knew what what he was doing, but he couldn’t stop to satisfy his ego from gaining all the attention he wanted and that’s just what he got.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    Okay, this has nothing to do with videogames and vg247 should stop talking about this guy.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OrphanageExplosion

    Absolutely nothing has come from the piracy scene that has been derived from Geohot leaking the metldr key. Since firmware 3.60 the piracy-sensitive application-specific keys have been hidden well by Sony and there have no public releases of them.

    In theory, all keys should be able to be reversed if you have metldr, but thus far… nothing.

    Funny how nobody talks about Fail0verflow revealing the security weakness that allowed anyone to sign their own PS3 code and whose tools *are* used primarily for piracy.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. NeoSquall

    @11 “Funny how nobody talks about Fail0verflow revealing the security weakness that allowed anyone to sign their own PS3 code and whose tools *are* used primarily for piracy.”

    that’s because Hotzie stole their “work” and published it as his own, gaining all the “glory”.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. bluffbluff03

    @2: Right!!!

    Sony need Hotz much more than facebook.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. DSB

    I reckon publishing something like a root key could easily lead to a charge of industrial espionage.

    I don’t think freedom of information extends to proprietary technology.

    Still, I’ve been saying this all along. Talented hackers and homebrewers have absolutely no problem finding jobs, and several others from way back when are either millionaires or billionaires today, including a few pirates.

    You can jump up and down all you want, and wish all the horrors of the world on those guys, but in all likelihood, they’re going to be vastly more succesful than you.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Espers

    It’s time for Sony to strike back facebook and hold geocrap responsible.

    @2, he broke into PSN with his “anonymous” friends, it’s against the law

    #15 3 years ago