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Google Will Hire Popular Software Developer/Hacker GeoHot For Project Zero Team

July 17, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

Google is on a mission to make the internet a safer place for everyone and there are many ways they’re going about doing this. Just one way is the ever evolving Chrome browser that they continue to advance in hopes to make it lighter, faster, and more secure so that everyone can get back to doing the things they love most online, whether that be watching videos of cats playing the piano or playing the occasional game, or simply just surfing social media. Google’s Project Zero, their next initiative to try and make the internet a much safer place to be is made up of a team of security researchers whose sole purpose is to hunt down and find bugs and other types of security flaws that touch basically every corner of the internet. Once found, their job is to report it to the software developer of the website, page or program where the bug was found so that a patch or fix can be developed.

It seems like an honorable cause right? Putting together a team of elite security researchers to track down and squash bugs that make using online services a nightmare? Yeah of course it does. Google will no doubt be using this team to track any bugs inside of their own products and services, but they won’t stop there. The team will be dedicated 100% to finding bugs anywhere on the internet, Google owned and operated or not, and they’re apparently enlisting the help of a popular developer/hacker George Hotz, better known as GeoHot to those who may have used his various pieces of software like the recent Towelroot for the Galaxy S5.

Hotz will come on as an intern among the team of security researchers which Google has plans to introduce to the world today. Even though this is just an internship and not an actual job position(just yet), Hotz was awarded $150,000 from Google during the Pwnium hacking contest that Google held a few months back, after tracking down and hacking through some defense flaws in Google’s Chrome browser. For someone who is known as the first person to ever jailbreak the original iPhone, reverse engineer and hack the PS3, and hack through Chrome’s defenses, we’d say that Google has found an invaluable member of the team to help Project Zero do just what Google has set out for it to do.