Hacking While High: How Oxy Helped Make the PS3 Break Public

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George Hotz, the hacker who unlocked PS3 and started a war between Sony and Anonymous in the process, told The New Yorker's David Kushner that he was done sharing his exploits online, but he seems to have forgotten that sharing with a print reporter also makes your dirty laundry public. Interspersed among a comprehensive run-down of the back-and-forth between hackers and Sony, Kushner drops some entertaining, possibly embarrassing nuggets about Hotz's personal life. The hacker who first unlocked the iPhone needs to call his therapist and pulled the trigger on his most famous operation while high.

"He wouldn’t say what he was going to do next, only that he won’t be sharing his exploits on the Internet anymore. 'I’m through with all that, he said," according to Kushner. We're wondering if he's also through with talking to reporters, too, after Kushner shared things like Hotz's drug use. Hotz didn't seem too worried about sharing that he'd smoked pot for the first time before a Forbes photo shoot when he was a senior in high school -- "my eyes are bloodshot. It's great." Apparently Hotz was high when he decided to publicize his most famous hack, the PS3 jailbreak, and that's going to call into question his motivation. Per Kushner:

He told me he had taken Vicodin and OxyContin, which filled him with a sense of invulnerability. “You just feel good about everything,” he recalled. He pushed a button on the keyboard and uploaded the instructions for his PS3 jailbreak.

Of course, OxyContin and Vicodin are not illegal, but in a world that mixes ideology, anarchy, and actual illegal activity, like the hacker scene, you do want to seem in control. Once Hotz publicized his hack, he lost control of the information, and after Sony sued him, Anonymous attacked the company in his name, something he didn't support. 

Read Kushner's entire story in The New Yorker.

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