Geohot has been causing quite a disturbance due to his ongoing legal battle with Sony. Geohot jailbroke the Sony PS3 to run unsigned code. Sony is now suing him, and Geohot is under the tech industry’s spotlight more than ever.

So, what does all this have to do with Windows Phone 7? Microsoft has shown interest in Geohot before, and the company even reached out to him financially for his legal fight against Sony. Geohot will know be using his hacking skills at an upcoming convention to try and jailbreak Windows Phone 7…

George “Geohot” Hotz is renowned for his jailbreak exploits on the iPhone, and he has expanded his hacking interests to other platforms.

Electronista reports,

“At the fifth annual Pwn2Own competition next week, George Hotz (Geohot) will attempt to use his hacking skills that landed him in hot water with Sony to win prizes. This year’s target platform will be Windows Phone 7, though other devices and operating systems will also take part. An attack will be judged successful if little or no user (owner) interaction is required and useful data is taken or a benefit gleaned by the hacker.

This may include listening in on conversations, making long-distance calls from the hacked device and more. Those who successfully do so in the shortest amount of time will $15,000 and the device that was hacked.”

Again, this isn’t the first time that Microsoft and Geohot have crossed paths. In fact, Microsoft extended Geohot the offer to develop for their Windows Phone 7 platform.

Microsoft also allegedly donated a large sum of money to Geohot for his cause against Sony. It appears that the makers of Windows Phone 7 are fans of Geohot’s portfolio. (Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Geohot represents what Apple hates.)

We hope Geohot wins the competition at Pwn2Own. If he does win, he’ll hopefully use the extra cash to help fund his legal fees.

We’re all for Geohot hacking on other platforms, as long as he doesn’t forget about the platform that made him famous. Remember Geohot, the iPhone still needs you.

What do you think about Geohot hacking Windows Phone 7?

UPDATE: It appears that Geohot has withdrawn from attending Pwn2Own at the last minute. A tweet from the contest’s architect confirmed George Hotz’s withdraw from the hacking convention,

“Geohot had to withdraw from #Pwn2Own due to the time-consuming Sony lawsuit he is involved in. “Expect me next year”, he stated.”

Thanks for the tip, Rashied.



  • I can’t comprehend how this guy learns to do this stuff? He looks like a teenager!

    • William

      In case you didn’t know, nowadays, the most predominated hackers are teenagers .

  • Ruben

    Microsoft never gave any money to GeoHot.. it has been discredited.

    • Manuel

      Yeah, he reported that on psx – scene. He didn’t get anything from Sony

      • Cristian

        Ruben and Manuel are correct. Please update your post Alex so that it contains correct information 🙂

  • Manuel

    Microsoft* wow, iPhone corrected my phone from microsoft to Sony. Hows that even possible?

    • iXanczy

      Haha 🙂

  • Guess I was spot on with the comment on my last topic. 🙂

  • Weebsurfer

    I’d rather see Geohot do it in the public eye then find out some unscrupulous miscrient has found a back door and taken our identities while we had no chance of knowing. He’s performing a fraking public service! Keep up the good work dude!

  • Rashied Said

    Geohot Withdraws from 5th Pwn2Own Hacking Contest

    Geohot will not be participating in the upcoming 5th annual Pwn2Own hacking conferencenext week, as confirmed before. Geohot has reportedly withdrawn from the competition to focus on his ongoing legal battle against Sony for PS3 Jailbreak. Contest architect Aaron Portnoy, confirmed it in a tweet:

    geohot will NOT be competing in Pwn2own. He backed out as he has to devote time to the Sony lawsuit.

  • Weebsurfer


  • Jason Masters

    Sounds like he chickened out…..

  • iXanczy

    *hehmm* tought this was a blog about the iDevice community, not Microsoft…
    Neh, kiddin
    Greate that you are having your antennas wide around you, and reports more than just iNews 🙂