GeoHat Gets Hired At Facebook: Who Woulda Thunk It? - HotHardware
GeoHat Gets Hired At Facebook: Who Woulda Thunk It?

GeoHat Gets Hired At Facebook: Who Woulda Thunk It?

Well, maybe hacking does pay off. George Hotz, a young fellow with a bright future (and a history of breaking into iPhone software) has found his next gig: it's in Palo Alto, and Mark Zuckerberg is his boss. Yep, he's going to Facebook. The social networking company isn't saying what he's going to do while there, but it's still pretty wild that this even happened. He's known as GeoHot around the web, where he's credited for helping people jailbreak their phones for unlock purposes.

He's also the guy that let loose instructions that enabled PS3 owners to modify their game consoles to run unauthorized titles. And then, Sony sued him, but ended up settling just before it was nailed with a flood of hacks that stole tons of personal information.


Who would've known that a kid who spent time hacking iPhones and getting sued by Sony would one day hold a post at one of the most popular companies in the world? Go figure!
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It seems like with GeoHot at it's helm, Facebook will rule the world...

In all seriousness, what is he going to do there?

Programming? Security? Who knows!

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"Who better to lead in programming the upcoming "Facebook App" for the Ipad than GeoHotz, after all , he knows Apples IOS inside out better than anyone."

-Optimus

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May want to fix the headline.

"GeoHat"

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If you can't beat em.......Join em.

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Nice, are they using him to hack others? O.o lol. seeing how they didn't tell anyone what hes job would be, its only our guess.

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He is going to be stealing apps obviously facebook wants to make money at apps but does not want to pay developers to make them anymore.

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@ rapid1,

what makes you think hes going to steal apps?

I think the reason he is hired is because of his ability to think and conceptualize ideas. People, today its not necessarily what you know... its the logic behind what you try to get to know... what steps do you take to figure out something, what is the reasoning behind your theory etc.

I think its his ability to painstakingly find exploits thats what made his attractive. For years people werent able to hack their PS3;s.... this guy figured it out... i'm sure if you give him something else, and ask him to find anything and everything he'd do to sabotage facebook, he's find something, THUS enabling facebook to find a fix.

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This.

Is.

SPARTA!!!!!

Seriously though, bravo. I wondered who was gonna snap up someone as talented as him.

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Oh, AND...GEOrge HOTz. GeoHot. It's not hard to remember

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Looks like a very good move for both Geohot and FB . seems to be that folks with very good problem solving skills and the logic to solve them are also real good at preventing similiar problems in the future.

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Come one Coolice I was kidding, he is obviously talented, so I am sure he will be a great add. He also seems to be very creative, and can come up with new ideas for Facebook as well.

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George Hotz has certainly made a name for himself. It's no wonder a big-name company would snatch him up and hire him - he obviously has some good problem-solving and coding skills.

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George Hotz is a genius at hacking, but I wonder how his skills will translate into a corporate environment. Perhaps, he will work toward plugging up any holes in Facebook's networks

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