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Facebook hires hacker sued by Sony for hacking `PlayStation 3`

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 23:42

London: Social network Facebook has hired a computer hacker who was recently sued by Sony for hacking the online game system PlayStation 3.

Facebook, however, did not reveal what 21-year-old George Hotz will do for the firm.

Hotz - also known by the alias "GeoHot" - gained notoriety in 2008 when he developed a software for unlocking the iPhone and allowing it to be used by other networks, the report said.

He also released instructions on Sony PlayStation 3 that helped owners modify their consoles to run unauthorised applications and pirated games.

After Sony sued Hotz, hacker group Anonymous retaliated by bombarding the firm`s servers.

They also broke into Sony`s systems and stole personal information from online accounts of 100 million customers.


First Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 23:42

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