Gamespot: George "GeoHot" Hotz hired by massive technology company to work on a security initiative called "Project Zero."
Nice hopefully goes well!
This is the difference between white collar crimes and every other crime. Instead of going to jail for years for stealing millions of people personal information and robbing them of their sense security he gets a big fancy, high paying job. Meanwhile, if you go break into someone's home while they aren't there you are looking at 3 to 5 years. Gotta love the how the world works.
Hopefully he can stick to this one longer then the opportunity he had at Facebook. He left after losing a hacking contest to some students. http://bb-iphone-zone.com/2... Despite his poor rapping ability he must have some strong computer skills to have all these tech giants falling over themselves to hire him. EDIT: I just remembered the Hip-Hop Gamer released a GeoHotz rap response video on YouTube?!! He took it so seriously!
He as a legitimate skill that can be useful to companies like Google. It would an absolute waste to put him in jail.
Geohotz never stolen people's personal information and arguably, didn't even commit any actual crime and certainly wasn't sentenced for one. While some of his actions were morally questionable, he's hardly a danger to the public and not to mention an extremely talented person. It makes far more sense to put his talents to good use than leave him with too much free time on his hands to potentially get into other questionable endeavours.
@breeze: What he did was unbelievably illegal, so it was a crime.
Sony had every right to protect their property however we could be on here all day debating whether or not Geohot had the right to alter hardware he brought. To call it unbelievably illegal is laughable, you're making Geohot out to be some sort of monster. The guy isn't even a black hat. If you want to go pointing your finger at bad hackers, go check out the ones responsible for cryptolocker and other such malicious software.
I'm more upset at Sony for having terrible security. If it wasn't this guy, it would have been someone else, and they might have done much more damage.
@ziggurcat Even though it was illegal, his skills should not be wasted. I'd hire him for security reasons if I was in the same position as Google. Sony should hire him since he easily brought down their system for about a month. I'll probably receive down votes for protecting the man, but don't be jealous because he received a high paying job for certain crimes.
High paying job? That dude will at most get 60k a year
GeoHot just recently figured out an exploit to root the GS5. Quite possibly one of the simplest root methods I have ever seen. He made an app called TowelRoot that you install on your phone, one click later and you're rooted. There was a bounty over on XDA worth $18,000 to root the At&t and Verizon GS5. Now he gets hired by Google... Interesting. http://forum.xda-developers...
"however we could be on here all day debating whether or not Geohot had the right to alter hardware he brought" Except he shared the stolen root keys with the world. He didn't have any rights to that. What an awesome hacker Geohotz is...so great that he hacked the PS3 only once stolen root keys were released.
@ cleft5 not alone if you non-white Google would not offer you a position . instead you be getting 50-to life inprisonment , tarnish reputation , media over espose your embarrassing face 24-7 days a week, nation wide.making "SURE" non-minorities see your face. you be talk of the country,in fact you would not be eligible for foodstamps not alone FREE water. you right gotta love how social structure works towards each non-white culture . only in america you can be REWARDED for horrible crime. it is the Reality of this type high power crime. enough said .
let him better work for someones security than hack our stuff.
I would rather he hacked stuff. What use is it to me for him to work on Google security?
Why should we care about what he does? I actually forgot he existed until this story reminded me of who he is.
Edit: nvm, he had been hired by Facebook right after his 3.55 hack
this genius who has brought me many great free games last gen now work on ps4 sonyboy. or hack prcies on psn store to 10 bux for everything secretly for fall lineup bcuz my wallet is to darn broke to afford all this im already in process trying to sell 1 my kids to china to cover my addiciton for this holiday season. dont make it where i have to sell my wife also lol this is all jokeng. yea geohot is where he belongs him hacking ps3 was kool but ostalgia of that wore offn ovember 15th with launch of ps4
Just by the way your wrote your message i have not a once of doubt that you dropped school early and you are probably a jobless basement dweller who still live at his parents house. Dude, you are pathetic. Get a job and pay for your game, youll see... When you have a well paid job, paying for your game isnt as dramatic as it seems to be.
I dropped a few I.Q. points just trying to read it.
TD;DR The first D stands for Dumb.
Am I the only one who flashed back to the Simpsons, and the BBBQ / BYOBB invitation?
I honestly do not know what you are trying to say or convey completely with this comment and I am usually pretty good at doing that. I know you are trying to be funny about not having money to buy games (maybe not) and selling one of your kids to keep your addiction going, but making games aren't cheap as well you know? It would be great to get games people pay for (for free), but did it ever occur to you that if enough people do what you do, your gaming addiction would be gone. Why would developers and publishers even want to produce games if they don't make enough money to cover costs of development do to thieves like you?
I understood ur joke buddy.
Sony should have hired him to prevent a possible PS4 hack.
Sony should have hired me, to smash this little tossers legs and hands.
I remember geohotz lol
Thanks for reminding me of that berk.
I'm going to go steal some cars and go on some high speed chases with the police to show my driving skills. Then maybe automotive companies will notice me and make me a test driver.
LOL and your username is Deadpool? Damn man...that's the kind of thing Deadpool would most likely to do.
Hacking into google glasses and making it a beer google.
Great message this sends out Hack on online service, cause hundreds in damage, make customers suffer and get a better, well paid job the rest of us could only dream of Thanks world
Aren't you confusing him with the actions of Lulzsec? He wasn't responsible for the PSN outages.
He was the beginning He was the start of one big chain reaction
While it did technically start with him, he can hardly be held responsible for what Lulzsec did.
If he was the root cause of the problem, he is wholly responsible for what happened. Quit trying to defend that criminal.
There is no way that you can make him "wholly responsible" for the actions of other people. I'm not defending a criminal (he was never even convicted of anything) you're just trying to pin the blame on him for something that is impossible to blame him for.
@foxtrot geohot wasn't really the beginning more like some guys shown a exploit in he came in was the first to abuse it it's like those guys that rush into articles to post first
Think of Geohot like Gavrilo Princip. Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and through that one action started a chain of events, bringing two countries to conflict, which triggered alliances to be activated that ultimately resulted in World War I, and the death of 37 million people. All he wanted was the independence of Serbia from Austro-Hungarian rule and instead touched off the second deadliest conflict in human history. I'm certain Geohot didn't realize the implications of his action at the time and I wouldn't necessarily say that he was responsible for the hack, but nevertheless his actions made the hack possible.
He jail broke the original fat ps3. I'm with you on him causing untold amounts of financial damage because of it. He was one hacker, if I remember right though Lulzsec was a group behind the PSN hack.
Google pays money for uncovering security bugs in Google Chrome. It has worked out much better for them than Microsoft's system of...well...doing nothing.
Lulzsec was mad at Sony for suing Geohot for jailbreaking the ps3. How could he have known Lulzsec would act for revenge on his behalf?
Google better watch him closely - I wouldn't trust him.. didn't he have a job at Facebook, why did they let him go?
I haven't heard of this guy in like 3 years.
Hopefully this kid has grown up a bit. He clearly has a skill. He should try and do something worthwhile with it
Google loves this kind of people. In fact, they are giving away rewards for those who find any security bugs in their products. http://www.google.com/about... I once reported a private information leak bug and they immediately sent me $500.
Wow that is pretty cool of them. Then again, that $500 is nothing (to them) in comparison to what they could have lost, if said bug leads to more serious exploits.
fanboys kind of scare me the part were you guys want him to be jailed or jobless >.> I've visited forums with guys that swipe accounts with 10k in them they scare me way more then a guy who found a exploit in a gaming system. I have the perfect word for some of you guys "envious"
He is an idiot and should have been thrown in Jail with all the other people who break into things that isn't theirs then there are morons on here who defend this loser.What a bunch of dumb asses, He gets a job for being a hacker. This world is fucked up.
I remember this guy, 4 years already eh?
I honestly forgot about that guy. It's funny seeing people still mad at him lmao.
Scum like this should be wasting away in prison not being rewarded with what I am assuming a high paying job.
People are just mad because Sony was the one hacked. Had it been the other way around people would be ok with it
Looks like CRIME does pay.
I quite admire his work. Despite any disagrees I might get for saying so, he helped in hacking the PS3 showing Sony that their system wasn't as impenetrable as they may have thought and forced them to correct the issues.
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