Facebook employs hacker who cracked iPhone and PlayStation 3 security

By | June 27, 2011

Hired: Facebook has employed hacker George Hotz - the 21-year-old published a way of running any software on the PS3 and cracked into the iPhoneFacebook has employed a hacker who published a way of running any software, including pirated games, on the PlayStation 3 and cracked into the iPhone.

George Hotz, 21, has been a software engineer at the social network since May 9.

A posting on his Facebook page last week read: ‘Facebook is really an amazing place to work… first hackathon over.’

Just two months ago, Sony won a restraining order against him.

A California court ordered Hotz – also known as GeoHotz – to never again publish secret codes used by Sony to protect the PS3 from being used for unauthorised purposes.

He was also given ten days to hand over his computer equipment to Sony.

Sony then announced its intention to seek damages after claiming the hacks’ publication is affecting sales of its PlayStation games.

In 2008, Hotz managed to unlock the iPhone and posted details of how to do so on a blog.

His biggest claim to notoriety was uncovering Sony’s secret ‘signing in’ number for the PS3 earlier this year. …

via George Hotz: Facebook employs hacker who cracked iPhone and PlayStation 3 security | Mail Online.

Kind of a mixed message to give kids. Cracking our systems is a crime and so is publishing how, but if you are really good at it, you’ll land a nice job.

 

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