A report by ZDNet has confirmed that infamous iPhone & PS3 jailbreaker George “Geohot” Hotz is now an employee of the world’s largest social network Facebook. While Facebook would not give a full statement it did confirm that Hotz is employed by the company. Hotz, 21, is best known as the kid who “jailbroke” the iPhone, later hacked the PS3 and then got sued by Sony. At this point it is not completely clear what Hotz does at the company but he does have a certain set of skills, I mean honestly he would be one hell of a reverse engineer. I mean you know if companies “actually” did that kind of thing. Early rumors have him attached to Project Spartan, a rumored Facebook project focusing on an HTML5 platform that would challenge Apple’s App Store. If anybody could bring a fresh view and a firm understanding of Apple’s software it would be this kid.
From a pure talent perspective I think this is a great hire, but given his history I am not sure. Facebook is already rather lax when it comes to privacy and security and putting Hotz inside their firewall may be a risk. Up until now his hacks have been all about opening things up and none of it has been malicious but you just never know. To such a brilliant young mind like Hotz, he could come in one day and decide he wants to hack Facebook just for the hell of it or put in a few back doors for use at a later date. My gut tells me that he isn’t that crazy but you never know. If I was Facebook, I would definitely be monitoring everything he does while he is logged on to my system, you know just to be safe.