"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
Much like Mr. Jobs -- or Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-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.