GOOGLE has picked infamous cracker George 'Geohot' Hotz to fill a role at Project Zero, its cutting-edge security team.
Hotz came to the technology industry's attention when he was the first person to crack the Apple iPhone. Since then he has eviscerated and been hounded in the courts by Japanese games house Sony, and flirted with something of a career in rap.
Google has not confirmed his hiring to The INQUIRER, but a blog post about the launch of the project says that staffers have been carefully selected.
"Security is a top priority for Google. We've invested a lot in making our products secure, including strong SSL encryption by default for Search, Gmail and Drive, as well as encrypting data moving between our data centers. Beyond securing our own products, interested Googlers also spend some of their time on research that makes the internet safer, leading to the discovery of bugs like Heartbleed," said project lead Chris Evans.
"The success of that part-time research has led us to create a new, well-staffed team called Project Zero... We're hiring the best practically-minded security researchers and contributing 100 percent of their time toward improving security across the internet."
The two met each other when Geohot hacked Chrome, winning the Pwnium hacking competition, and was awarded $150,000 for his troubles. Wired reports that the man that cracked the iPhone and Playstation has an "intern" role at the Mountain View brain trust.