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The Saga of George "GeoHot" Hotz Has Reached its Only Natural Conclusion

The former bane of Sony's existence is shacking up with Facebook now.

Over the last few months, we've had a bit of fun at the expense of George "GeoHot" Hotz, the floppy-haired, hip-hopping hackster who kicked off The Great PlayStation Network Kerfuffle of 2011 by cracking the PlayStation 3's firmware, releasing the tools for other people to do the same, getting sued by Sony over said tools, and thus inspiring a roving gang of Internet hooligans to start taunting and screwing with the console-maker.

Don't lie: You totally missed us writing news stories about this dude.

Of course, the shit got a little more real when actual hackers stole actual vital information pertaining to actual PlayStation 3 users. At that point, the whole thing became a lot less funny. Well, Hotz's statements regarding that hack were pretty funny, actually. But the rest was totally serious business.

Anyway, after settling his lawsuit with Sony and making the aforementioned comments, Hotz went into radio silence mode. Evidently, that's because he went and got himself a real damn job.

Confirming a few rumors floating around late last week, Facebook representatives announced today that Hotz has gone to work for the company. His exact role at the company wasn't revealed, but it's presumed that he may be working in the company's mobile division, specifically on Facebook's upcoming iPad app. That would make some sense, given Hotz's previous proclivities toward jailbreaking iPhones.

It's actually a perfect fit, given Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerberg's own history as an authority-mocking coder back in his college days. One could easily see the two of them becoming fast friends, going on coding dates together and curling each other's hair.

Still, that is a bit of an anticlimactic end to the antics of the gaming industry's own Dennis the Menace. Some of you out there almost assuredly were hoping for more of a Thelma & Louise type ending with Hotz's fellow lawsuit victim Alexander "Graf_Chokolo" Egorenkov (who is still being sued, by the way, and also probably will go to jail), but let's be realistic about this. A nice, quiet desk job at a major social media company is probably more reasonable.

Hey, maybe he can hook his buddy Alexander up with a job, too! You know, so he can pay his legal fees. And, like, not go to jail.

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Posted by Alex

Over the last few months, we've had a bit of fun at the expense of George "GeoHot" Hotz, the floppy-haired, hip-hopping hackster who kicked off The Great PlayStation Network Kerfuffle of 2011 by cracking the PlayStation 3's firmware, releasing the tools for other people to do the same, getting sued by Sony over said tools, and thus inspiring a roving gang of Internet hooligans to start taunting and screwing with the console-maker.

Don't lie: You totally missed us writing news stories about this dude.

Of course, the shit got a little more real when actual hackers stole actual vital information pertaining to actual PlayStation 3 users. At that point, the whole thing became a lot less funny. Well, Hotz's statements regarding that hack were pretty funny, actually. But the rest was totally serious business.

Anyway, after settling his lawsuit with Sony and making the aforementioned comments, Hotz went into radio silence mode. Evidently, that's because he went and got himself a real damn job.

Confirming a few rumors floating around late last week, Facebook representatives announced today that Hotz has gone to work for the company. His exact role at the company wasn't revealed, but it's presumed that he may be working in the company's mobile division, specifically on Facebook's upcoming iPad app. That would make some sense, given Hotz's previous proclivities toward jailbreaking iPhones.

It's actually a perfect fit, given Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerberg's own history as an authority-mocking coder back in his college days. One could easily see the two of them becoming fast friends, going on coding dates together and curling each other's hair.

Still, that is a bit of an anticlimactic end to the antics of the gaming industry's own Dennis the Menace. Some of you out there almost assuredly were hoping for more of a Thelma & Louise type ending with Hotz's fellow lawsuit victim Alexander "Graf_Chokolo" Egorenkov (who is still being sued, by the way, and also probably will go to jail), but let's be realistic about this. A nice, quiet desk job at a major social media company is probably more reasonable.

Hey, maybe he can hook his buddy Alexander up with a job, too! You know, so he can pay his legal fees. And, like, not go to jail.

Posted by TheFakePsychic

Well that's rather ironic. Kind of.

Posted by diz

Let that be a lesson to us all.

Posted by YukoAsho

I hope he does well, and that he doesn't come back into crime.  Going the straight and narrow might help him grow up a bit.  It's just too bad he probably won't be working on paid apps.  It'd be so ironic if he was the one having his shit stolen.

Edited by Sinful

4th!  I guess it's time for people to crack into his apps.....

Posted by Devildoll

thats great

wonder what he'll get up to from here on.

Posted by Binman88

He looks like an even dweebier version of Patrick Klepek. 
  
Sorry I've got nothing constructive to say about this. 

Guy gets job, story at 11.

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Edited by JusticeJanitor

Ahh, the classic story of the computer hacker getting a legitimate job on the security side of things.  Heard that one a bazillion times and saw it coming miles away. 

Posted by random_guy23

alex, your articles continue to be hilarious, keep that up!

Posted by LiquidSwords

This is what I picture the GB community looking like, just fatter.

Edited by Sinful

Hey guys let's rob a bank! We might get security jobs for them in the future!

Edited by CrimsonNoir
@YukoAsho said:

I hope he does well, and that he doesn't come back into crime.  Going the straight and narrow might help him grow up a bit.  It's just too bad he probably won't be working on paid apps.  It'd be so ironic if he was the one having his shit stolen.

yea, he was a modern day hamburglar. there's a reason why sony settled, they had a shit case.
Posted by RE_Player1
But I hate Facebook and their policies... Hopefully he is trying to take them down from the inside.
Posted by reson8er

And in a non-related story, Facebook has made a statement that private information of everyone on they system was released to the internet right after the hiring of George Hotz to Trotz.

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

Let no scumbag go unrewarded.

Posted by YOUNGLINK

I wouldn't trust this kid with a real "job", he seems to have this natural instinct to break and not build.

Posted by reson8er
@Krakn3Dfx: My thoughts exactly.
Posted by Winternet

What happen to the "gangsta 4 life" attitude? Kids these days. No respect.

Posted by WalkerTR77

Hiring thievish arseholes is an excellent business strategy. 

Posted by Saga

It seems like GeoHot had the last laugh. He is making money and Sony is losing it having to hire experts to secure their network. Not to mention the hit that the brand name took. Maybe Sony should have hired GeoHot instead of trying to bully him.

Posted by Erotolepsy
@reson8er said:
And in a non-related story, Facebook has made a statement that private information of everyone on they system was released to the internet right after the hiring of George Hotz to Trotz.

That's funny, I didn't think they had any more private information left to release...
Posted by Pie

Is this going to lead to more people openly hacking in hopes of getting jobs?

Posted by Slaker117

Hey, he's kind of a dick, but dude is really smart. If he can put that intelligence to use in a productive way and get paid for it, good for him.

Posted by zombie007

Is that Patrick?

Posted by Oni

@WalkerTR77 said:

Hiring thievish arseholes is an excellent business strategy.

And what did he steal, exactly? I see comments of this nature and it just makes me shake my head at the ignorance. This guy didn't steal anything, nor did he do anything illegal. You think Sony settled because their entire legal team couldn't face up to this guy and his lawyer? They had no case, because he didn't break any laws.

Posted by 234r2we232

Cancelling my Facebook account now (not joking). 
 
Thanks Facebook!

Posted by Toxin066

@zombie007 said:

Is that Patrick?

I really thought so, at first.

Posted by dungbootle

This guy is like everyone I hated in high school

Posted by CL60
@Oni said:

@WalkerTR77 said:

Hiring thievish arseholes is an excellent business strategy.

And what did he steal, exactly? I see comments of this nature and it just makes me shake my head at the ignorance. This guy didn't steal anything, nor did he do anything illegal. You think Sony settled because their entire legal team couldn't face up to this guy and his lawyer? They had no case, because he didn't break any laws.

I know right? People are so goddamn ignorant on the subject of Geohotz.. he did absolutely nothing illegal, and stole absolutely nothing either. He just jailbroke the PS3, Microsoft even gave him a Windows Phone to jailbreak. Sony are the only ones who made a big fuss about him doing something that's not even illegal.
Posted by A_Wet_Shamwow

facebook hired someone really good at stealing personal information 

Posted by kamiboy

Ah, and here I was hoping he had been arrested by the douche police, for grossly exceeding the doucheyness limit.

Posted by CL60
@sofacitysweetheart said:
Cancelling my Facebook account now (not joking).  Thanks Facebook!
Posted by CL60
@A_Wet_Shamwow said:
facebook hired someone really good at stealing personal information 
Do tell when he stole personal information?
Posted by Vexxan

@Toxin066 said:

@zombie007 said:

Is that Patrick?

I really thought so, at first.

Me too. Could be a long-lost bro of his or something.

Posted by Slaker117

I feel like some of the LulzSec hate is bleeding into these comments. Hotz just jailbroke shit and acted like a douche. He never stole personal information or hacked anyone.

Posted by 234r2we232
@CL60: YO THAT'S A REALLY BIG PICTURE YO GOOD JOB BRO
Posted by redlitez76

i hope geo hotz dies of Syphilis and zombies use his body as a toilet.

Posted by Keen_12

I need to start hacking websites so I can get a real job to.

Posted by CL60
@Keen_12 said:

I need to start hacking websites so I can get a real job to.

Jesus christ people, he never hacked websites. He jailbreaks locked products like iphones and the PS3. THAT'S IT.
Posted by FoolishChaos

What the fuck did he steal?

Do people actually read these things, fuck

Posted by Keen_12

@CL60: That's not why I wrote that, he's not the first guy to land a job for hacking.

Posted by zudthespud

For people who are unaware of the epicness of Geohot....

Posted by vinsanityv22

I effin' hate this GeoHotz a**hole. 
 
But...
 
I DO love it when Alex Navarro writes snarky, sarcastic articles about a**holes like this dipsh*t. I mean, it's almost worth putting up with his miserable existence just to read a line like, "One could easily see the two of them becoming fast friends, going on coding dates together and curling each other's hair."
 
Almost. Not quite though. I'd still rather see every PSN user out there punch the sh** out of this piece of crap.

Edited by FritzDude

He looks like a mixture of Patrick Klepek and Todd Howard.

Posted by Deiterbomber

I was going to make a joke about "Curling each other's hair" but realized Alex wrote this article, not Patrick.

Oh well.

Posted by Thusian

They're both great at disclosing your Personal Information, a match made in heaven.

Posted by MisterMouse

well maybe this is good for him... I guess... I dont know...

Posted by CL60
@Thusian said:
They're both great at disclosing your Personal Information, a match made in heaven.
Geohotz never disclosed personal information fucking hell, whats with the misinformation that runs rampant on this site about this subject?
Posted by Thusian
@CL60: Correct, he just enabled/encouraged the breaches and attacks.
Posted by Doppelgamer

Time to remove all my info on FB and delete.  Not that it means they won't keep it all on their HDDs forever...

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