PRIVACY SHREDDING Facebook has hired the celebrated hacker Geohot, or George Hotz, according to reports.
Hotz is the computer expert who came up with a way of cracking Sony Playstations. He was also indirectly the cause of hacker attacks on Sony that bought its online gaming network to its knees, due to Sony's heavy handed legal bullying. Now, according to reports, he has a much more sedate occupation - working at Facebook.
Early reports have been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, which got word from Facebook that indeed the young hacker is working there. However, Facebook stopped short of saying what he is up to.
Hotz though is a talented computer expert so it was more or less inevitable that one or another of the big technology firms would have wanted to hire him.
Hotz recently settled with Sony after it had sued him for alleged Playstation 3 (PS3) copyright violations. Although he became a motive for the following attacks on the company, he went on record to say that he wasn't responsible for hacking its Playstation Network and Qriocity services.
What he will do at Facebook remains a mystery. µ