Infamous iPhone Hacker Geohot Is Back In The Game (And Working For Lady Gaga)

You may or may not be familiar with George Hotz, a.k.a “Geohot.” Whether you know his name or not, Hotz’s influence as a hacker is monumental. He unlocked the iPhone for the first time back in 2008, and was responsible for several of the early iOS jailbreaks. His exploits have haunted Apple for years, and he was recently sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3.

Hotz was hired by Facebook last summer to presumably work on the social juggernaut’s security team, but he apparently no longer works for Zuckerberg. Now Hotz been spotted back in his natural environment: a hackathon.

Business Insider reports:

Hotz was anything but bored at Backplane, a startup funded by Lady Gaga, where we ran into him this past Saturday. He told me he appreciated the space and the free pizza.

When Hotz waltzed in the door at Backplane, he introduced himself as the hacker who was sued by Sony, but he’s most famous for releasing software that allows smartphone users to jailbreak their iPhone.

Hotz worked on an app that allows you to see where your Facebook friends are on a map. He helped work on the backend and and overall design of the app, but the project he was a part of didn’t win the contest.

We can’t wait to see what Geohot does next!

  • Chase Keeling

    I would love to sit around with fellow hackers…..

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