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Facebook Has Added George 'Geohot' Hotz As A Friend

Felix Kemp
Facebook, Games news, George Hotz

Facebook Has Added George 'Geohot' Hotz As A Friend

Or, to be more precise, an employee. Yes, George 'Geohot' Hotz, the hacker who famously cracked Sony's PS3 firmware, opening it up wide to rampant piracy, not to mention jailbreaking Apple's iPhone, has landed a job at social networking behemoth, Facebook. Hotz has only recently settled a legal dispute with Sony over the PS3 firmware fiasco, which incidentally appears to have attracted Facebook to him in the first place.

The news was unearthed by Tech Unwrapped who, latching on to an interview with Chronic-Dev Team member Joshua Hill, discovered an exchange where Hill reveals Hotz new position at Facebook. Adding credence to his story, Hotz' seemingly official Facebook page has been updated with a status reading: "Facebook is really an amazing place to work, first hackathon over".

But just what is Hotz up to over at Facebook? Well, the social networking giant has already confirmed work on an iPad app. It's unclear whether it's simply a large scale adaption of the existing Facebook app, or a new project entirely. Hotz, who rose to fame after jailbreaking the iPhone, would appear to be familiar with Apple's tech, and as such is perfectly suited to such a project.

It'll all become clear very soon, I expect. Until then, why don't we engage in some harmless musing, shall we? Maybe Facebook is amassing a group of hackers to take down rival social networking sites such as Twitter? Or has Hotz simply hacked Facebook itself and usurped control? [Tech Unwrapped]

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Jonathan Lester  Jun. 27, 2011 at 09:24

This is exactly what we've been banging on about. These guys are skilled coders - and frankly, software companies would do well to get some of them on side.

Tom  Jun. 27, 2011 at 09:33

From his status "first hackathon over" it goes to reason he is working with their security dept. making it more secure for the likes of lulzsec.
That would have been a good one for them to go after, release 500 million account account information.


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