Who said hacking doesn't pay off?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Well, at least for some hackers. The 17 year-old university student, George Hotz, is making his exploits pay off: for his efforts he got a brand new car!
(I wish I could make that sentence sound like Bob Barker.)
For other hackers, they get other prices such as long stints in jail, including solitary confinement: Kevin Mitnick
. Of course he's making money now as a security consultant, but I'm not sure it was worth going to jail to just consult.
Lesson to learn from all this: not all hacking is equal.
Hotz's unlocking of the iPhone goes just under the legal bar of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, he can't sell his exploit for other people to do it. Now, that is illegal