Geohot announces his retirement from hacking

The well-known iPhone hacker GeohotGeohot has announced his retirement from hacking.

He writes on his on his Twitter page: "it was a cool ride, and i've learned a lot about a lot. perhaps one of these days i'll do a more formal goodbye." - more through the link.

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Chicken Chaser3722d ago (Edited 3722d ago )

Goodbye. You cost me Linux, dude.

SuperStrokey11233722d ago

Agreed, what a loser.

Sounds more like "i cant actually make the custom firmware for ps3 i promised so im quiting" to me.

Good Riddance. This guys has dont nothing but cost gamers.

captain-obvious3722d ago

I think the PS3 cracked him
he didn't wana sound like he couldn't do it
so he was like im retiring

but who knows

raztad3722d ago

I guess someone "motivated" him to retire. I mean there is people interested in stopping this guy work, so I wouldnt be surprised if there is some "incentives" behind his retirement.

sikbeta3722d ago

In Your F*cking FACE Geo-Looser!!

"bu...but, waitz I'll make da cuztom firmwarez"

Ha-Ha! He couldn't do it and now he retire, thanks for screwing up the OtherOS for the PS3 Community, that was your last lame attempt to f*cking PS3 gamers, now you can go hide under rock...

Blacktric3722d ago (Edited 3722d ago )

Hahahha he PWNZ0RD himself in the a**. Fu*ktard...

morganfell3722d ago

Beaten by the big black box and a letter from Sony's legal team which says "Prepare for financiual ruin."

HolyOrangeCows3722d ago

In Soviet Russia, PS3 cracks YOU.

Conloles3722d ago Show
karl3722d ago

in other news!...

Geohot was found dead in his apartment after trying again to hack a ps3..

Proxy3721d ago

It was an epic battle between Sony's million dollar budgets and teams of engineers versus a lone teenager. It was a close match, but Sony won.

Maybe Geo will give up on his little hacks in favor of a more lucrative use of his talents. Of course, no matter how much he earns, learns, and achieves it wont change the fact that people on the comment section consider him a loser. I'm sure that will always haunt him.

Eamon3721d ago

It's hilarious to see the little ignorant kids here at N4G think Sony must have beaten him or something.

Most of you probably don't know he was an iPhone jailbreaker long before he tried to crack the PS3.

If he's retired, it's most probably because he's bored or fed up. He probably has a real life to attend to unlike most of the users here.

evrfighter3721d ago

actually it sounds like he just got hired on somewhere. Probably doing the same thing but getting paid for it.

Zachmo1823721d ago

Really why are you bitching? So what if he can't do it! YOU couldn't do half the stuff this guy did anyways.

I really don't no about this guy and what he did for hacking. But i at least no he made some kind of impact.

zag3721d ago

His videos on cracking the PS3, didn't really mean much I'm not fussed about the PS3 being hacked anyway.

This chip was designed by IBM who made new CPUs day-in day-out, and would know how to stop people from trying to hack into software or the chip itself with 50+ years of exp.

Sure you could try emu the last SPU which works but it acts as a gateway, but then your wasting cycles on an emu to act as a gateway and then how do you make an emu anyway when you would need all the keys and the main one changes after everytime you use the PS3.

Apparently his iPhone hacks fuck your iPhone after a few months as the hack is an emu and not a proper hack and the OS falls apart after a while.

jadenkorri3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

your here too, sooo...

as for geohot, he made a name for himself, just like an actor would do. SO he may get a decent job if he's lucky. Whether with sony or MS, or even apple.

ChozenWoan3721d ago

It only does
Retiring Hackers

stb3721d ago


It INDEED does everything.

RageAgainstTheMShine3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

WOW! PS3 gamers are having a field day! Yehey!

This is where the PS3:

OWNS the 360, OWNS the 360, OWNS the 360, OWNS the 360

OWNS the Wii, OWNS the Wii, OWNS the Wii,OWNS the Wii

OWNS the PC, OWNS the PC, OWNS the PC, OWNS the PC

in a good way


There is hope for the gaming industry! just Believe.

Piracy is bigger than 360 + Wii + PC combined!

And Sony has relentlessly taken this giant 4 scores now and still at it. That is already a victory since day one. PS3 is history in the making even if it still gets hacked in the future.

Although it cost Sony billions of dollars, we are glad that Sony has dealt with piracy first and foremost than its competitors. For decades Microsoft and Nintendo has proven to be helpless against this parasitic menace that made many software companies to close down even Sega. Even if the war isn't over it was worth the effort for Sony to use its resources and technology to battle against this giant.

Behold The POWER TRIO!!!

No not Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman!

The PS3's
the Cell microprocessor,
the Blu-ray disc
and PS3 Firmware Updates!

Now, Developers & Publishers will receive in full every cent every single blu-ray game they make and sell.

meaning more quality games

no one will be stealing their profit so they can write off piracy in retail pricing and lower the cost of games.

This means Sony with its head held up high, put PS3 stores on countries where software piracy is the business. i.e. Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, etc

even the movie makers will benefit with this success of the PS3!

It also gives us a sense of peace that our purchase of any PS3 game is worth it because no end consumer is playing the same $60.00 game of ours - for FREE - yes they play 360, Wii and PC games weeks before they are officially released.

I am not saying the PS3 is un-hackable but it sure will take more than a Geohot as it is more than a pain in the ass to crack open :)

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Rich16313722d ago

+ Bubbles Chicken, it's da truth!

DaTruth3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

I am DaTruth, and I approve this message!

Retired to one hit wonderdom!

yewles13722d ago

Best comment so far, Chicken Chaser.

oricon3722d ago

Lol so he basically screwed the linux for ps3 and doesn't release his promised custom firmware.

thematrix12983722d ago

You can't blame the guy for Sony taking away the OS. If Sony really had smart engineers they could've left the OS and implemented better security. This guy has a very bright future....he is too good for these computer firms. He may very well be working for FBI in future :O

krauley3722d ago

the 129 people that actually use it out of the 40 million ps3 can have linux. OK!

duplissi3722d ago

really? so what do you think about microsoft's and nintendo's engineers then? im pretty sure the ps3 is the only system that hasnt been 100% cracked, so id say they did a pretty damn good job.

thematrix12983722d ago

I'm referring to Sony because everyone here is b1tching about him taking away the Linux support. Obviously Nintendo and Microsoft's console has far inferior security system. All of you here are hypo-critic, you jail break iphone/ipod touch and use all the feature yet don't give credit this guy?

outwar60103722d ago

@ krauley Thats not the point. The reason why most including myself are pissed is that they advertised it as a feature and then removed it(geohots hack could have easily been patched meaning that geohott would have had to spend countless hours trying to find another backdoor) yet sony decided its power over sales laws andtake away the other os feature. Its kinda like buying a laptop with a free copy of IE and then MS decide to add a price plus logins to IE start up because they found out people use their browser to download illegal software. You've lost said feature so it feels like you have less of an item.

White-Sharingan3721d ago

@outwar6010- can you really blame sony though? You've seen what's happened with the PSP...everyone I know has a hacked PSP, I think the only people who really buy PSP games are the japanese. Sony always releases an update for the system and again it's hacked, they continue releasing updates, and it continues to be hacked. They are spending to much money and resources just to patch the handheld up.

Taking it from the consumer's perspective, I personally don't want to be downloading a new firmware update every 2 weeks (im exaggerating, I know) for my PS3. I don't care about linux, and most users didn't really cared about it. Would I want free PS3 games? sure, but I also want to support developers, good developers, who make great games and profit out of the sales.

nycredude3721d ago


What is this, this ifone and ipod touche you speak of?

adamx3721d ago

how much does he pay you to ride his nuts?

zag3721d ago

Yeah you can, because he was the one saying you needed openOS so you can hack the PS3.

So Sony remove it to stop people from getting any ideas of using it, otherwise people would have been able to use it.

hell the whole reason why it was there in the first place was so people could have a homebrew scene, yet Gethotz thinks you need to hack the system just to have a homebrew scene.

It was already there, the homebrew scene have just converted the whole xbox video player software over to the PS3 last month, that all means nothing now.

PshycoNinja3721d ago

ever advertised the Other OS feature. I'm sure that if they advertised it the US courts would of made Sony settle with the class action lawsuit.

I have asked this question for months and no one has ever shown me where Other OS was advertised.

outwar60103721d ago

@ PshycoNinja sales advisors everywhere used otherOS as a selling point im sure in the uk and probably the uk but sony have done it directly.

kuturagi refers to ps3 as a computer

video of harrison discussing other os among home brew for psp
and there are many others if you look. Every ps3 owner got screwed over and how many months on and the sting wont go. SOny has the ability to amend user agreements etc and basically say if you dont agree dont use our product and so on(an agrrement shown to users only after the purchase of their ps3!)

MRMagoo1233721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

The funny thing is i still have the original 60gig ps3 box in my cupboard and i cant find anything what so ever on the packaging that says you can install another OS maybe my box is different to other ppls i got mine midnight launch in Australia the boxes may have been diff here im not sure but i didnt even know you could put one on it till my brother did it with his and complained that it ran like sh!t anyway so he got rid of it.

OT i can bet you he has retired because he couldnt do what he said he could and has bailed before it got out.

in reply to thematrix i dont even have an iphone or ipad or what ever other i things there are and even if i did i wouldnt hack it my psp is still unhacked too.

badz1493721d ago

can't blame the guy?? what are you, blind? he openly admitted to have successfully access and controlled the part of the PS3 that shouldn't be available for customers through the OtherOS feature and consequently causing the removal of OtherOS! you think that was a coincidence or something?

"If Sony really had smart engineers they could've left the OS and implemented better security." - ok, remove/seal the possibility of a hack completely and save millions or spend more money on unnecessary security just because somebody managed to misuse the given feature for hacking? tough choice ha? working in a business THIS huge, you don't need to have an IQ of 120 to pick which 1 is the best choice!

jerethdagryphon3721d ago

geohots hack couldnt ber patched as it was a flaw in linuxes code that made the hypervisor crash, he alocated ram then alocated a nother chunck to the same adresses without releaseing causing a kernal level problem with the short he did..

since linux is open source they couldnt patch it

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R2D23722d ago

The best way to kill a pest sometime is to feed him cake with poison in it : )

raztad3722d ago

GeoHeot is a talented guy, and knows a lot about the PS3 arch. Sony would gain a brilliant engineer bringing the guy aboard, and he would get very well paid.

WIN-WIN if you ask me.

This makes me wonder what happened with the infamous Dark_Alex of Custom PSP Firmware (-m33) fame. Guy did a lot to kill the PSP, but now he is gone.

stb3721d ago

Maybe he is dead...sure, so should all the people destroying such a great console as the psp is...

akiraburn3721d ago

Actually Raztad, I'm pretty sure I read that Dark_Alex ended up moving over to one of the new groups releasing custom firmwares, I think they're known as M33. I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure that's what I had read. But that aside, I've never been a fan of Geohot at all. Not because of what he does, but because of his arrogance and his general attitude. But if Sony sees potential, and if he actually is offered a position, I suppose we'll have to wait and see what it produces.

Inside_out3722d ago (Edited 3722d ago )

He's not going anywhere...but into hiding. Guy's like this are addicted to the rush of it all. If he would of kept quiet about his discoveries instead of announcing it to the world, he would of been a very rich man. Right now, his phones are tapped, there's a dark van in front of his residence 24/7 and guys in long coats and sunglasses follow him where ever he goes. When you threaten multi-billion dollar companies and cost them millions of billions in lost revenue, should you expect any less...Good luck my friend. They make movies about guys like this.

There is a very strong push towards a total ban on any copyrighted material right now. The Internet is quickly becoming the TV of the future and they want to control it...meaning...all the mod and hacker type of sites have to be banned and shut down. Anyone who thinks this is a good thing are misinformed. Slowly but shirley heading towards a police state. Starting to look like China around here.

nycredude3722d ago

I hope they kidnap him and lock him in a room full of Playboy Playmates! That will teach him a lesson he will never forget!

ravinash3721d ago

That would be a very boring movie.

Guy sits at a computer desk at night, guy still sitting at the desk, goes get something to eat.

Yes its a challenge, but if your done it a few times you start to wonder what else you can do.

PCnPS3Gamer3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

naw i think play girls would teach him a better lesson lol

also ot does this mean no jailbreak for iphone 4 which im getting when it finally gets here in fucking canada.....

Noami3722d ago

Good bye frodo! your not gona be missed~

GraySnake3722d ago

Chicken Chaser? Do you chase chickens?

On Topic: good riddance.

zeeshan8103721d ago

Because of you Sony removed Linux from PS3. :@

You can't crack you retired.

Anon19743721d ago

But is he going to retire from being a douche bag?

pixelsword3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

Playstation 3 kicked that @$$, huh?

cjflora3721d ago

The bastard probably got a job from this. It's not uncommon for hackers to end up with high paying jobs because companies will go "Hey, how about you clean up your act and do thing legit, and we'll pay you a ton of money?"

gtamike3721d ago

"PS3 only makes hackers give up"

bviperz3721d ago

Retire Hackers

Zeevious3721d ago (Edited 3721d ago )

over his fakey, flakey 'hacklettes'

He is GeoFAKE...nothing more...Now, and forever!

Still waiting for the source code!

Still waiting for the "I can put linux right back" firmware.

Still waiting for the Adobe .PSD Photoshop document you FAKED the PS3 'Hack/menu/Hello World' with.

So GeoFake's 'Hello World' is now GOODBYE WORLD.

What a total fake...loser and attention whore.

If you weren't so pathetic I'd hack your asswich' site back to the 2600's

You are forever an embarrassment to yourself. Please...enjoy the obscurity.



N4g_null3721d ago

Ok he is gone now can we have otherso back? Seriouly the key system is sweet.

Spenok3721d ago

Sure did, and good riddance.

Red Panda3721d ago

this guy is reading all your comments and might destroy you in an hours time? Just saying.

MRMagoo1233721d ago

he couldnt hack his way out of a wet paper bag with an axe

avengers19783721d ago

Good now somebody hunt him down and shoot him please.

StbI9903721d ago

Can someone make legend with this picture instead of LEGEND..put [email protected]




CoLD FiRE3721d ago

OMG! you must be a retard if you can't edit this photo. You don't need photoshop to do it even MS paint (if you're using Windows) would do the job with this picture.

even though I'm not Geo's biggest fan you really have no right to disrespect him. He is smarter than most (if not all) of you especially you!

El_Colombiano3721d ago

Hey, the guy can disrespect anybody he wants. But seriously, if you can't shop that pic then...*sigh*

Ripyealip3721d ago

you have reached 200 agrees! congrats you are now a legend

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Pennywise3722d ago

Good thing they used a new picture so we don't have to see his ugly mug. Hopefully this is the last time we here of this kid. All he did was give people another bs reason to try to diss Sony and how they operate.

Good for nothing.

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Mc Fadge3722d ago

Didn't he promise to make CFW for the PS3 after his actions made Sony remove Linux support? Classy.

Christopher3722d ago

Yeah, but he's been unsuccessful in that. At a conference last month all he was able to do was explain the security elements of the PS3 and what he's done so far with regards to using the OtherOS feature. But, he was never able to develop custom firmware that would keep OtherOS enabled and include the new features from each firmware update. I think the last firmware update probably was the last straw considering the massive amount of updates that relied on firmware integration and updated methods for social network communication.

Ri0tSquad3722d ago (Edited 3722d ago )


Thanks for nothing, scumbag!