Famous Hacker : George The Hotz

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Famous Hacker: George Francis Hotz “Every hack poses the same basic challenge: how to make something function in a way for which it wasn 't designed.” (Kushner, 2012) George Hotz is an American hacker who is known for unlocking the iPhone. An unlocked iPhone allows the user to use other wireless carries. Hotz developed the limera1n jailbreak tool and bootrom to manipulate Apple’s operating system. He has also reverse engineered the PlayStation 3 (PS3) video game console. Hotz worked for Facebook, help Sony, and is now working for Google’s security research group. Brief Biography Born in Glen Rock, New Jersey, George Hotz will be know as the man who started the hacker wars. George Hotz was born to George Hotz Sr., high school computer teacher, and Marie Minichiello, a social worker. Fourteen year old George Hotz reached the finals of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair after beating thousands of students from all over the world. Hotz’s invention that got him to the finals was his small robot that could plot out a room’s dimensions by using infrared sensors and then wirelessly transmit the data collect to a computer. While in high school Hotz built a form of a Segway that was controled by brain waves in which you can drive by just thinking. Video game companies have been trying to use similar technology as a controller for video games. Hotz’s Segway did work but the movements were not accurately translated from the user’s brain. After George Hotz enrolled at

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