Famous iPhone Jailbreaker GeoHot Has Been Hired By Facebook For Top Secret Project

Famous iPhone Jailbreaker GeoHot Has Been Hired By Facebook For Top Secret Project

iPhone and PS3 hacker extraordinaire George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, has gone establishment, but the Limera1n hacker wasn’t scooped up by Apple or Sony: instead, the famously anti-establishment jailbreaker is now employed at Facebook. Say what?

Details are slim on the ground, but Hotz apparently started working at Facebook on May 9th, but has only now been confirmed by Facebook. They are being super secretive about what Hotz is actually working on.

A lot of people think he’ll be put to work on mobile development at Facebook, but that doesn’t make much sense to me: he’s a hacker, not a traditional programmer. To me, this implies that Facebook is working on actual smartphone hardware and operating system software that they want to make damn sure can’t be hacked by any punk kid who comes around, and what better way to guarantee that your OS is secure than by hiring the best smartphone hacker around to try to punch holes in your system?

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  • Figurative

    Just remember GeoHot….

    Do no evil.

    Buahahahahaaa!!!!

  • Scott Gould

    Facebook has also recently acquired the indie Mac developer powerhouse “Sofa” who are most famous for their Apple Design Award winning app Versions.  Here’s a link: http://www.madebysofa.com/blog….  I wonder if this is related to something big in the works.

  • Chris Brunner

    So many iOS 5 features have been available for quite some time via Jailbreaking so we can only  imagine what cool stuff in in store for Facebook. I’m guessing he’ll be contributing to the forthcoming iPad app they are about to release. FB seems to know what they’re donig!

    -Chris
    http://friendsofmac.com

  • jakezarobsky

    I’m calling it – Facebook for iPad. 

  • Doinnaelly

    Everyone has heard of Geohot or George Hotz the famous iphone hacker,
    jailbreaker. Please, if anyone knows anyway i can find him online or his
    facebook or msn just lemme know. 

  • Wreighet

    Yes you can still sync it, but if you update the iphone with the newest
    firmware your jailbreak will disappear.

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