Facebook has reportedly hired George Hotz, the hacker best known for defeating the security measures of iPhones and PS3 consoles. Hotz, 21, was the first to develop software that unlocked the iPhone before jailbreaking the PlayStation 3 console. Sony infamously sued Hotz over the hack, a decision that provoked the wrath of both …
Sounds a like a big PR stunt by Zuckerberg and crew, no ill towards Mr Hotz, we've all got to make a living but he seems talented enough to be more useful doing something else.
The sort of hacking that Mr Hotz does is very much more OS based rather than Web based. (And they have differing skillsets.)
Of course, this guy seems smart enough to be able to transition without too much difficulty.
I guess Facebook has to try some way to stop people from witholding personal info on thier profiles. How are the poor things supposed to make money if they can't target adverts in the right direction.?
New scare - Facebook to try and lift history and cookies files from browsers?
(yeah, what the hell are adverts on Facebook when you've got AdBlock)
according to the guy's page on wikipedia, he does have some other talents. If the page is to be believed, he even earned a scholarship from Intel!
the guy might be too smart to be left alone, and just in need to some direction.
"wrath of [both] mainstream gamers"
really? gamers gave a damn about OtherOS? The only reason Sony was/is able to get away with removing the OtherOS feature is because "mainstream gamers" never cared about it in the first place!
if anything, hanging around gaming forums shows that many gamers hate this guy and many blame him for the PSN outage. Many _wrongly_ believe that he hacked the PSN himself, while other blame him since the hacking attack started in his honer!
...with frikkin lasers
Because FB wasn’t evil enough already?
What a shame
To have shown so much promise, only to end up Facebooked.
coders have to eat...
Seriously, I don't blame him. If I had anything to say, I would say he could have chosen better. I just hope they're paying him enough. Good luck, but don't forget where you came from.
Farcebook is in a relationship with $0wny and Apple...
...it's complicated. Not.
Newsflash -- Facebook has Hotz for Ipad
Keep a tight lead
Leopards and spots.
Has enough to eat
He still lives with his parents.
That's me done then.
If this turns out to be true, i'll be one of the first to close my Facebook account.
bit of misreporting going on here surely? he wasnt the first to hack the ps3, didnt he use the existing usb hack which was developed by psjailbreak and merely released the hex code from the said hack?
Not saying the guy isnt talented but lets get the reporting correct...
what a waste :(
practical, demonstrated skills for a company that delivers nothing practical, and denies any sort of innovation.
What's he gonna do. find a way to make facebook application code *not* suck? Or fix the privacy problems which are actually FB's primary reason for existence?
hell, I'd even rather see him with Google than facebook..