George Hotz, or GeoHot if we're to use one of his more familiar aliases, made a name for himself in the hacking world by creating jailbreak software for Apple's iPhone. But when spotted by BusinessInsider at Backplane, a startup funded by Lady Gaga, he introduced himself as the hacker who was sued by Sony, a distinction he earned after cracking the PlayStation 3's security key. He did not introduce himself as a Facebook employee.
According to BusinessInsider, Hotz no longer works at Facebook. It's unclear whether he quit or was terminated, but it's evident he hasn't lost his passion for hacking, which is what he does in his free time these days. It's also unclear whether he now works for Backplane, or simply dropped by the startup's first hackathon event. What exactly is Backplane?
"Backplane will provide a platform and tools for communities to socialize and communicate on a more focused level," Lady Gaga's business manager, Troy Carter, explained to the New York Times.
It's meant to power communities around specific interests, such as musicians and sports teams, and seeks to integrate social feeds from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and others. Put more simply, it's a social network for celebrities with funding also coming from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, according to the Huffington Post.
Hotz may have left his A-game with Facebook, or maybe he's just a little rusty. During the hackathon event, his app lost out to a couple of high school students.