PS3 hacker lands Facebook job
- Posted June 27th, 2011 at 15:27 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 23 Comments
George Hotz, the notorious hacker who shot to Internet fame for becoming the first person to jailbreak the PlayStation 3, has reportedly landed a job at social networking site, Facebook.
Hotz, who also managed to bypass iPhone security measures, was locked into a legal battle with Sony after he revealed the root keys to the PlayStation 3. Sony’s lawsuit was eventually settled out of court.
It’s rumoured that Hotz is currently working on a new iPad app for Facebook, though his exact job title is unknown and Facebook is yet to even confirm that he works at the company. Hotz’s Facebook status update, however, confirms that he is currently enjoying his time so far working at the site. “Facebook is really an amazing place to work...first hackathon over," reads a status update on June 22.
Do you think notorious hackers should be rewarded with high-profile jobs? Let us know your opinions in the community forums.
Drebin296 | Drebin296
- 10:52am EDT - June 27th, 2011
Hell no should he get a job at Facebook. That's like rewarding a mass murderer with a job in the police force
- 10:53am EDT - June 27th, 2011
So I guess crime does pay, after all.
Ridiculous. How long before he gets bored, hacks their systems, and distributes everyone's data?
- 10:55am EDT - June 27th, 2011
He's good at his job, so I don't see why he doesn't deserve a company that may need him.
- 11:51am EDT - June 27th, 2011
I am worried about his potential to be able to embed code in applications that read the contents of your hard drive, or something like that. yes i am paranoid, but i don't trust him, and now that he is part of facebook, i don't trust them either.
- 12:00pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
Its better than working for Microsoft or Sony..
- 12:10pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
If you can't beat 'em, Hire 'em
@4 Facebook aint exacly a trust worthy company anyway
He doesn't exacly deserve a job like this but can you really blame a company for snatching him up i'd rather have him that side of the field
- 12:41pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
I guess you would rather have him with you than against you.
- 12:44pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
Keep your friends close, and keep your enemies closer?!?!?!
- 12:59pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
@ 2 and 4 facebook does that anyway so................
@1 no its not.
- 1:26pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
Anyone who says he shouldn't get the job is a brainless idiot. Of course you hire him. That is the best way to keep him from hacking YOU. Plus, who knows better how to secure a system than a hacker? No one.
- 2:29pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
you can link your ps3 to facebook in your account profile...maybe he's planning onto something else :-P LOL
but uhm, seriously, with some other people thoughs, .. I'll add this : would you rather leave these hackers in jail and pay from your pockets so they could live in jail, or you'd rather think he may be glad to have a nice job, helping your favorite site (let's say facebook) beeing less easily hackable, and pay himself for his lawsuits :-P
- 3:13pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
Hackers are employeed at high end security firms and Gov agencies and the such all of the time. Why should getting a job a Facebook where pretty much all your info is public domain be any different? "OMG, he's a hacker, he shouldn't be allowed to have a job!!!!" get a life people. Would you rather a Hacker be employeed and happy or unemployeede and unhappy? Think about it ;)
- 3:14pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
On the basis of talent, any company that refuses to consider their merits are fools.
BUT there is an issue of trust that must be addressed. Can they trust them, Can the consumers trust them? Will that trust have an impact on the investment in the company & the numbers of consumers?
And yes...sometimes criminals work for the authorities. Simply because they know how criminals think in a way the authorities never could. Allow people their second chances. Give them the opportunity to use their talents in a constructive manner that benefits the consumer.
People make silly mistakes by being misguided, it should not tar them for the rest of their lives. Maybe this story might have a good ending after all.........lets hope.
- 3:32pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
Fine... maybe he can finally afford a hair cut and clean himself up a bit. I'm tired of seeing the same dumb looking picture of him all over the web. You know the one... it looks like he just got a "surprise" on chat roulette. lol
SilentNoise | SilentNoise1780
- 4:53pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
Hackers are the best program, network and security analysts out there, so this isn't any surprise. Besides, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, and may more of the world's largest tech companies have hired them on in the past. With Hotz's rep, I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner to be honest.
- 5:05pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
i'm definitely pulling all of my facebook accounts. i do not want to support a social network with that idiot there. thanks a lot facebook!!!
- 6:52pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
FYI, to the ignorant and low IQ types who can't help themselves but type out the stupid thoughts that cross their minds, Hotz isn't a "criminal." A criminal is someone who is found guilty of a crime. He was sued by Sony. There is a gigantic difference.
- 6:52pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
Why not hire someone who knows what he is doing. The casinos have done it as well by hiring some scammers, because they know what to look for the best.
- 10:02pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
You HONESTLY think GeoHotz can hack Facebook?...
Sure, the guy's talented...but I'm positive Facebook has a team of guys just as talented, if not moreso, working on keeping the site secure...
- 11:25pm EDT - June 27th, 2011
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