iPhone Hacker

iPhone hacker ‘geohot’ looks to take on Tesla with his own self-driving car

December 17th at 7:35 AM

iPhone hacker ‘geohot’ looks to take on Tesla with his own self-driving car

Not many hackers have names and reputations that last years beyond their most famous exploits. George Hotz, aka geohot, is an exception to this rule. Still only 26 years old, Hotz initially burst onto the scene in 2007 when, at the age of 17, he managed to jailbreak the original iPhone and get it to run on other carriers. At the time, back when the iPhone was an AT&T exclusive, this was big and exciting news.

A few years later, Hotz made headlines yet again when he reversed engineered the PS3, subsequently prompting Sony to sue him before the two parties ultimately reached a settlement agreement.

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iOS 7 Jailbreak Security

Geohot: iOS 7 jailbreak has not been ‘backdoored’ by China

December 24th at 1:15 PM

Geohot: iOS 7 jailbreak has not been ‘backdoored’ by China

After the drama that ensured following the “official” iOS 7 untethered jailbreak release, well-known gadget hacker Geohot has cleared the waters surrounding the new Evasi0n 7 tool by reversing in, looking through the code and posting a lengthy write-up on it. The iPhone and PlayStation jailbreaker did not find any security issues with the iOS 7 jailbreak. More →

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Facebook hires iOS/PS3 hacker geohot [video]

June 28th at 1:01 AM

Facebook hires iOS/PS3 hacker geohot [video]

George Hotz, the hacker better known as “geohot” has joined the team at Facebook. Hotz made a name for himself in the enthusiast community as an iPhone and iPad jailbreaker with his blackra1n tool, and he’s was also sued for jailbreaking the Sony PlayStation 3. Reportedly, Hotz joined Facebook in May and recently wrote on Facebook that the social network is “really an amazing place to work.” Hit the read link for a video during which GeoHot mentions his recent move. More →

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Geohot explains PS3 jailbreak and his new legal battle with Sony [video]

January 14th at 9:40 PM

Geohot explains PS3 jailbreak and his new legal battle with Sony [video]

Everyone’s favorite iOS and PS3 tinkerer, George Hotz (geohot), recently appeared on G4’s The Loop to describe how and why he came to acquire the ire of Sony. Mr. Hotz, noting his passion for transparency and dislike of piracy, explained why he does what he does and why the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) — even in its newly modified state — doesn’t afford him safe harbor from Sony. Hit the jump, the video is waiting for you. More →

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iPhone 4 jailbroken by Geohot

July 10th at 9:17 AM

iPhone 4 jailbroken by Geohot

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Late last month, news of root access and an early userland jailbreak of the iPhone 4 hit Twitter courtesy of @chpawn, @plantebeing, and @musclenerd. A mere few weeks later and we have word of another successful jailbreak, this time coming from well-known iPhone hacker Geohot. Neither party has released their jailbreak tools to the public and Geohot is pretty clear that he does not want folks pestering him for a release date. So all you iPhone 4 owners waiting to free your handset from Apple’s walled garden must learn to be patient and keep your mouth shut, capeche?

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Geohot makes it ra1n on the iPad

April 10th at 11:10 AM

Geohot makes it ra1n on the iPad

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The latest blog post from iPhone firmware slayer George Hotz (geohot), dated April 9th, contains no words… but then again, words aren’t really necessary. The image shows his popular blackra1n iPhone jailbreaking software, and accompanying Cydia package manager, loaded onto an iPad. The post comes one day after Hotz posted the encryption keys for the iPad 3.2 firmware sets, and several hours after having tweeted about being able to boot the iPad into verbose mode. Hotz has yet to post an iPad compliant version of the blackra1n software on his site, but it is only a matter of time now. Any of you iPad owners out there anxiously awaiting a jailbreaking solution for your new toy?

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Geohot demos untethered jailbreak for iPhone

March 25th at 11:33 PM

Geohot demos untethered jailbreak for iPhone

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Stevesy (Jobs, not Zissou) is certainly not going to like this. iPhone hacker extraordinaire George Hotz aka geohot has just teased the iPhone community with a 68 second video showing off a new untethered jailbreak. Here’s his statement:

The jailbreak is all software based, and is as simple to use as blackra1n. It is completely untethered, works on all current tethered models [iPod touch G2, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch G3], and will probably work on iPad too.

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Mr. "Make it blackra1n" geohot successfully hacks PS3

January 26th at 10:09 AM

Mr. "Make it blackra1n" geohot successfully hacks PS3

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Everyone’s favorite iPhone outlaw, George Hotz (better know as geohot), has been at work mastering another piece of hardware: the PlayStation 3. And so far, Geohot has had quite a bit of success. On his blog, Hotz writes, “I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me.” Now, Geohot is adamant that the hacking is for scientific purposes only, and he is not trying to provide a vector for software piracy; the ultimate goal would be to run home-made code or other operating system software such as Linux on the PS3. Although against piracy, Geohot is looking to post the decryption keys used by Sony so others can assist him in his scientific endeavor. Geohot’s blog is very interesting and, at times, deeply technical. We’ve got a few links queued up for your reading pleasure.

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Geohot unleashes blackra1n upon iPhone OS 3.1.2

October 11th at 9:18 AM

Geohot unleashes blackra1n upon iPhone OS 3.1.2

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Following up on the success of purplera1n, iPhone hacker extraordinaire geohot has released a jailbreak solution for OS 3.1.2 dubbed blackra1n. Currently only being offered to Windows users, blackra1n works on all generations of the iPhone and iPod touch, although the 3rd gen iPod touch needs to be tethered. The installation method for blackra1n is unchanged from that of its predecessor meaning that all you really have to do is download and install the app to your PC, plug in your device and make it ra1n. Good luck!

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Geohot releases his own iPhone 3GS jailbreak

July 3rd at 8:05 AM

Geohot releases his own iPhone 3GS jailbreak

Deciding that waiting around for the Dev-Team to release its iPhone 3GS jailbreak solution is for chumps, original iPhone unlocker Geohot has released his own jailbreaking method, with the help of chronic dev and a few others, that he has dubbed purplera1n. Best. Name. Ever. As it stands, purplera1n only supports Windows rigs (Windows 7 and 64-bit excluded) but OS X support is on the way. Hit the read link to grab a copy of purplera1n and get all the instructions you’ll need to get your Cydia fix on. And happy jailbreaking!

P.S. We’ve heard that ultrasn0w works, but it is a bit flaky for the time being.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Geohot's Toweroot Root for Verizon, AT&T Galaxy S5

iPhone and PS3 jailbreak extraordinaire releases new Android root app

June 16th at 2:45 PM

iPhone and PS3 jailbreak extraordinaire releases new Android root app

iPhone and PlayStation 3 owners who looked for ways to jailbreak either device in the past probably know who Geohot is, and should be happy to hear he is still hacking devices. Geohot on Sunday released his own root tool on xda-developers that works on many Android handsets, including the Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5 versions, which were harder to crack, at least so far. More →

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iOS 7 Jailbreak Evasi0n

iOS 7 jailbreakers drop controversial Chinese app store following user backlash

December 26th at 9:25 AM

iOS 7 jailbreakers drop controversial Chinese app store following user backlash

It has been a long and difficult wait for gadget enthusiasts eager to jailbreak the latest version of Apple’s mobile platform but once an iOS 7 jailbreak was finally released, drama instantly ensued. A team of iOS hackers knows as evad3rs released their iOS 7 jailbreak tool Evasi0n7 just before Christmas and people were elated. It wasn’t long before a discovery was made, though: the tool installed a seemingly shady app store called “Taig” on devices belonging to Chinese users. There were many unknowns surrounding this unofficial app store and users were cautioned not to jailbreak until questions were answered. Things seemed to simmer down when well-known hacker Geohot gave Evasi0n7 his stamp of approval, but worries that private user data was being transmitted by Taig continued. When Taig released its own version of the Evasi0n7 jailbreak software, however, that was apparently the last straw for the evad3rs — the group announced in a public letter on Christmas Day that it has ended its relationship with Taig and removed the store from its jailbreak software. The group also responded to rumors that it was paid $1 million to include the Taig app store in its initial iOS 7 jailbreak, noting that it has “refused all monies from Taig.”

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PlayStation 3 Encryption Keys Leak

Hackers crack Sony PlayStation 3 again, leak console’s encryption keys

October 24th at 11:35 PM

Hackers crack Sony PlayStation 3 again, leak console’s encryption keys

Two more months and Sony (SNE) would have made it through the entire year without any drama involving hackers trying to crack its console security or bring down its PlayStation Network. According to Eurogamer, the PlayStation 3’s security has been breached by a hacker group called “The Three Tuskateers.” The hackers reportedly discovered the console’s “LV0” firmware decryption keys and were forced to leak it out for free after another Chinese hacking crew called the “BlueDiskCFW” planned to profit off their work. In layman’s terms, the LV0 keys allow hackers to easily decrypt any PS3 firmware, meaning any patches Sony adds could easily be circumvented.

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