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Famed iPhone and PS3 hacker George "GeoHot" Hotz was hired by Facebook.  (Source: GeoHot)
Hackers follows long tradition of digital rebels turned corporate visionaries

George "GeoHot" Hotz, 22, doesn’t get a lot of love from Apple, Inc. (AAPL) chief executive Steven P. Jobs, who has long bemoaned the efforts of phone jailbreakers like GeoHot.  However, he has a lot more in common with Mr. Jobs than one might think.

Much like Mr. Jobs -- or Microsoft Corp. (MSFTco-founder Bill Gates, for that matter -- GeoHot grew up hacking hardware and software at a young age.  And much like Mr. Gates and Mr. Jobs, GeoHot now has entered the corporate world of electronics.

GeoHot, who once wanted to be a neuroscientist "hacking the brain", updated his personal Facebook page to reveal that he had been working for the social network giant since May 9.

Mr. Hotz is fresh of a recent settlement with Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) in a lawsuit disputing Mr. Hotz's jailbreaking of the PS3 console.  While the Library of Congress recently ruled that jailbreaking phones was legal, jailbreaking game consoles remains a grey area of the law. 

The young hacker is not the first digital rebel to be hired by Facebook.  The company in 2004 hired Sean Parker, co-founder of the file-sharing service Napster and convicted computer criminal (1996), as its first president, giving him a significant amount of stock.  That hire didn't turn out so well -- Mr. Parker was forced to depart in 2005 when he was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession.

Facebook also hired Chris Putnam, a famous hacker of Facebook profiles.  Apple hired another former hacker -- iOS hacker Peter Hajas.  Ashley Towns, creator of the first iOS worm, was recently hired to a lucrative job by Australian iPhone app developer Mogeneratio.  

Famed Twitter hacker Michael Mooney obtained a job at exqSoft Solutions, a web app company.  Recent reports indicate that one in four former hackers are now on government payrolls as well.

A few years back we compiled a list of hackers whose exploits landed them fame and fortune -- and those who weren't so lucky.



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I'd rather have him clean toilets in a prison
By BZDTemp on 6/27/11, Rating: 0
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/27/2011 12:29:19 PM , Rating: 5
When I think a$$hole, I don't think about clean toilets ;)


By 225commander on 6/27/2011 3:18:19 PM , Rating: 4
when I think about prison and @sshole, I dont think of toilets.

This should be of no surprise to anyone, you have a person with intimate knowledge of a product/system/network and you get hired by a company that deals with that product/system/network, last time I checked experience and knowledge of a particular product/system/network was a 'requirement' of the job to be hired in the first place. unless of course its bottom level 'training series' type job, where they want people with no experience so they can dumb down the payscale.


"just" is relative
By Devilpapaya on 6/27/2011 12:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
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Famed iPhone and PS3 hacker George "GeoHot" Hotz was just hired by Facebook.


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he had been working for the social network giant since May 9.


huh?




RE: "just" is relative
By xti on 6/27/11, Rating: 0
RE: "just" is relative
By jamesjwb on 6/27/2011 12:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
hmm i just hit worth reading to get his comment back up to 2 for you and it ranked it down even more :S


RE: "just" is relative
By Devilpapaya on 6/27/2011 3:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like they fixed it anyway.


Sean Parker
By B on 6/27/2011 3:59:41 PM , Rating: 3
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The company in 2004 hired Sean Parker, co-founder of the file-sharing service Napster and convicted computer criminal (1996), as its first president, giving him a significant amount of stock.


Napster was founded by Sean Fanning and his uncle John Fanning. Sean Parker was an early employee of Napster but not a co-founder.




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