Report – GeoHot working for Facebook

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

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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