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GeoHot Retires from PS3 and iPhone Hacking, Others to Lead On

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232w ago - Today George Hotz aka GeoHot has announced he is retiring from Sony PS3 and Apple iPhone hacking, citing that the demand for updates from end-users will never stop.

In his exit from the PS3 scene, GeoHot left many legitimate PlayStation 3 users without OtherOS and without the promised 3.21OO PS3 Custom Firmware.

The good news? Others whom GeoHot shared the PS3 METLDR info and LV2 dump with are currently using his work to continue hacking the PS3 console, with rumors from IRC (for what those are worth LOL) indicating a public "end-user" PS3 hack may arrive before September 2010 from their camp.

Unfortunately though, just like the past Dark_AleX and "M33" PSP releases, an incoming PS3 hack will probably be from a fictitious group and won't include anything useful to PS3 Devs such as dumps, reversals, sourcecode, etc.

Hopefully once a hole that Sony can't block is public, other PlayStation 3 Devs will begin working on the PS3 though... and sharing all the juicy the technical details along the way for others who wish to learn.

This will help ensure the PS3 scene won't fall victim to the hypocritical and ridiculous "anti-piracy, users deserve nothing" attitude that began the downfall and led to the fate of the current PSP scene.

To quote: His PS3 username, Twitter account, and blog are all now shut down. His last tweet said, "it was a cool ride, and i've learned a lot about a lot. perhaps one of these days i'll do a more formal goodbye."

Along with that post, he wrote in his blog explaining his reasons for retiring from the scene. He says that he "didn't fully realize most of the current scene don't care unless they are getting something," but now he does.

He then continued a bit more in his post with the following: "The real reason behind no release isn't technical. It's just that it will never stop, after blackra1n, people demand unlock, after blacksn0w, people demand untethered. I miss the days when jailbreaking and unlocking were difficult, it attracted a much higher caliber crowd."

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#45 - xxLindenxx - 232w ago
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I sure hope the iphone 4 will be hacked..

#44 - Mbb - 232w ago
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I already updated my PS3 5 weeks ago, maybe I saw this coming...

#43 - niff441 - 232w ago
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Registered just to post this... What an dick, first he comes up with a "hack" for the ps3 that gets my otherOS removed, now he gets tired of the scene and leave without giving me a way to use my other OS and online? Fantastic.

So all I got left is to wait for a court date after the attorney general closes my complaint...

#42 - KRaZE - 232w ago
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Thank you Geo for nothing. When is the next time this kid is on the West Coast of the USofA?! I wanna slap the hell right outta him.

#41 - Preceptor - 232w ago
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Of course, he was the most Egocentric guy to enter the hacking scene. But people should not forget that he gave a huge exploit to the community and due to this same exploit lv0, lv1 and lv2 could be dumped and finally searched for holes.

In my opinion, having these codes in one's hand is the ground zero of the ps3 unlocking. And if he didn't gave away the complete method to dump lv2, fine, that doesn't matter people. He did it less than a month after his exploit came, so it is not impossible to do. More importantly, he gave us a WAY to do it.

Hacking anything from phones to consoles involves a cat and mouse game and we all know that. Of course he should've kept quiet, but that is just the way he is. I'm sad that he left and we lost a great hacker to our cause but that is just the way it is.

And yes, I agree with PS3 news that he didn't left because of the comments... He was aware of those when he entered the scene so openly. He probably just got bored but people, it's his right to leave as it was his right to enter. It doesn't matter his reasons. Anyway, let's drink to a better tomorrow:



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