Here's an interesting human resources decision. Facebook, according to reports, has hired one of the most infamous hackers around to work as a product developer. George Hotz--a.k.a. GeoHot, a.k.a. the kid who hacked the Playstation 3, inviting a lawsuit by Sony, thus inviting a cyber attack on Sony, eventually costing the company an estimated $24 billion in damages--is now sitting pretty under the house that Mark Zuckerberg built. Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera says that Hotz started at Facebook in May. Here's what we know about the company's mischievous new hire.
The early years In 2007, Hotz was profiled by Forbes for his participation in the International Science & Engineering Fair. At the time, he was a "teen basement tinkerer" who built "competitive-battle robots, using an assortment of saws, glue guns, presses and a 3,500-pound milling machine he bought on Ebay for $700":
The shaggy-haired teen's real dream had always been to build a holodeck, the simulated-reality machine from Star Trek. The first step was to make a device that could project a three-dimensional image visible from all angles--a volumetric display.
The jailbreaker Later on, "Hotz gained notoriety as an iPhone hacker," writes Ellis Hamburger at Business Insider. "The first one to crack Apple's carrier-locking scheme, enabling users to use iPhones on any GSM carrier. He also released the first software jailbreak for Apple's iPhone 3GS in 2008."