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.
In case you’ve been wondering what hacker George Hotz, aka Geohot, has been up to, social networking site Facebook has confirmed that the until recently beleaguered hacker is now on its payroll. The official confirmation came after reports of him being hired by Facebook emerged over the weekend. But the question remains: what is he up to? Find out after the jump.
Update: Hotz has made a post on his blog clarifying the whole situation. "Factually, it's true I'm in South America, on a vacation I've had planned and paid for since November. I mean, it is Spring break; hacking isn't my life. Rest assured that not a dime of legal defense money would ever go toward something like this," he said. So then, case closed on that front. As for the whole PSN account thing, Hotz remained tight-lipped. Or tape-mouthed, as it were.
Original Article: The ongoing saga of Sony vs. Geohot has now gone international, according to court documents filed by Sony USA. The case revolves around George "GeoHot" Hotz, and his hacking of the PS3 which allowed unsigned software to be run. Sony sued under the DMCA, and the case has been turning against Hotz in recent weeks. Sony has been granted access to IP logs and Hotz's own electronic gear. Now Hotz has allegedly taken off for South America.
Sony just keeps coming in the ongoing case against noted modder George "Geohot" Hotz. This time it is not Hotz himself that is in the crosshairs of Sony's legal team, it's all of us. A federal magistrate has granted Sony the right to obtain the IP addresses of any person that visited Geohot's site from January of 2009 to present. Sony has already subpoenaed Hotz's host Bluehost to get a list of IP addresses.