Microsoft Offers PS3 Hacker A Present

George Hotz hacked Sony's PS3, and then told everyone how to do it. That pissed Sony off, and the company is taking him to court. Rival Microsoft is ready to play nice, though. With presents.

Hotz, who also cracked the iPhone, blogged that he's keen to get a Windows Phone 7. And Brandon Watson, who according to his Twitter is an "entrepreneur on loan to Microsoft focused on getting our developer mojo back", tweeted this to the 21-year-old Hotz:

#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone - let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev

Guess that's a good way to get out in front of any exploits or holes Hotz is bound to find as he sets out to jailbreak the Windows Phone. Better than, you know, taking him to court.

Microsoft offers Hotz free phone [MCVUK][Pic]


Comments

    wait until he hack wp7, then ms won't be nice anymore

      I think that's somewhat the point. Let him hack it to death, but Microsoft find out early and can fix the exploits, and the information can be relatively contained.

    If he provided the world with a way to pirate the **** out of XBox 360 games then they'd take him to court, too.

    Yeah reward the criminal, makes perfect sense!

      what laws has he broken?
      When you purchase some hardware, YOU own it. You can do whatever you like with it.

      Im sick of the trend software and now hardware manufacturers are going down where you are now basically just renting. Ultimately they are trying to maintain control even after purchase.

        Yes, You may own the hardware but you most definitely do not own the Software (AKA - the System/OS)

        You purchase the right to use that system/os. The rights of your purchase are probably mentioned somewhere in the manual that yo uget when you buy the PS3.

        And what's wrong with trying to control your product? They're protecting their intellectual property.

        If you created something and thrived on making it one of your main sources of income - would you like it if someone cracked the code and made it free for distribution?

        I don't think so

          Bravo. While I certainly approve of things like iPhone jailbreak to escape the walled garden of Apple, there are certain times I draw the line.

          Hacking a console to pirate games is one of them, and the "I buy it, it's mine" argument never fails to annoy. It seems some people just never bother reading the EULA.

            I understand your opinion but your also being a hypocrite about it. You agree with Kent's point that we don't own the software, just like Dell & Hp etc.. don't own Windows when it boots on THERE hardware they manufacture.

            Although people aren't exploiting the iPhone to tip off Apple, they do it to get a better use for the thing - its still their software and they do reserve the right to prevent people from exploiting there product.

            I strongly agree we own the HARDWARE, I don't think this hacker is a criminal for what he has done. He has simply noted an exploit and told people of it. What others then choose to do would then define whether THEY are a criminal or not. The software is the issue not the hardware when it comes to these situations.

            This relates back to that loser who sued Sony for removing Other OS. It's Sony's product at the end of the day and they can remove something from their software whenever they choose. They can't turn around and say "Hey we are making changes to our hardware, please return your old PS3 so you can't play PS2 games anymore" but they can remove and add things when they please to software thats present on all models of hardware. We accept the Terms & Conditions and are liable for whatever rules we break with that.

            This hacker ain't a criminal. He's simply pissed Sony off. With that said, its Sony's product there trying to protect which I completely understand. But you can't agree on one side of hacking for one benefit but disagree for another situation - at the end of the day they're hackers exploiting someones product for whatever benefit they or others get from it.

        That's not right.

        I buy a car, I don't have the right to hit people with it.
        I buy a gun, I don't have the right to shoot people.
        I buy spraypaint, I don't have the right to grafiti.

        Owning something doesn't give you cart blanche to break the law.

          I think that's just a little bit different, though Kent Wong has a slightly more effective rebuttal

    This is how this kind of thing has always worked.

    The American government seek to employ the new generation of hackers who are still in high school, giving them this option in place of heavy fines or incarceration (juvenile, or otherwise); an opportunity, in the eyes of the government, to help develop their skill and put it to use for the betterment of it's people (or some such rubbish).

    Of course Microsoft are going to send out an invitation to man of his talent. He is just another possible means of having their product systematically tampered with; a man who may understand it's weaknesses where no one else in the development team can.

    If you can't beat them, then make them join you.

      Exactly. If he's going to hack the wp7 anyway, you might as well have him working for MS, so that they can fix issues faster.

    Thats what companies should be doing, hiring the hackers not suing them...

    If your own R&D can't break it, then find someone who can so you can make any adjustments to prevent it reoccurring.

    It's always seemed like common sense.

    This is a very smart move by MS.
    I applaud them.

    It's like finding the easy zero day exploits before anyone else can.

    -0 FTW!

    Lol @ at anyone who likens him to a criminal, or accuses him of being one. Last I heard, he has not been arrested as of yet.

    Also it's funny how no one, when defending Sony's decision, has yet mentioned that the PS3's "Other OS" feature likely influenced many of the people who now own the consoles decision in purchasing the PS3 to begin with.

    I think Sony has skirted closer to breaking the law when they removed features from their product after people had payed a good sum of money for it.

    Maybe they're hoping he'll fix the "third party app, not the OS" that is stealing WP7 lUsers internetz when they're not looking

    2 things i see here

    MS "Just give us your name and address and we'll send you out this phone"
    MS then know who he is, where he lives and will know what he is up to and can get him if anything happens to their property

    Marketing stunt
    give a hacker a product, he hacks it, others buy it to also hack it, MS patches it and they make a fair share of money and it continues

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